Sony Pictures Entirely Scraps Releasing 'The Interview' for Now
Yesterday, a message from the hackers responsible for releasing tons of documents, e-mails and more from Sony Pictures threatened actual violence yesterday to any theaters showing the controversial Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview when it's slated to hit the big screen on Christmas Day. In response to the threat this morning, and given the blessing by Sony themselves, most of the major theater chains across the country announced that they wouldn't be showing the film. Now Deadline reports that Sony has sent out a press release to scrap the holiday release of the film entirely for now. More below!
Here's what Sony sent out in a statement about the shitty situation:
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.
The fact that this is even happening is insane. First of all, these theater chains making the decision to not show the film because of an anonymous threat is cowardly and sets a poor precedent in the future for any activist groups who decided to make threats against theaters for showing a film with material they may disagree with. Second of all, the fact that we even have to bow to the demands of a tyrannical dictator because he doesn't like how he's portrayed in a comedy is unconscionable.
Some people will say this isn't about free speech, but that's absolutely what it's about. It doesn't matter if The Interview isn't an important film like Citizenfour or something like that. The fact that some anonymous hacker can threaten an entire country for having a film with controversial comedy and have our major corporations react this way is just insane. The way our country is reacting to this scenario is what will make The Interview important, because now we'll get safe, non-controversial movies from Hollywood to bow to the whimsies of some dictating asshole. New Regency is already canceling another project that had to do with North Korea because of this situation. I can't wait until these hackers are brought to justice.