In light of the recent threats of violence from those responsible for the ongoing cyber attacks against Sony Pictures (aka the “Guardians of Peace”), the company has decided to pull the plug on Seth Rogen and James Franco’s latest movie, The Interview. The film was scheduled to premiere nationwide on Christmas day.
In an anonymous email on Tuesday, the hackers warned that “We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.”
As a result, Sony representatives made it clear they would support any theaters that decided against playing the movie. Carmike Cinemas was the first complex to comply. And today four more theater chains, Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Cineplex Entertainment, followed suit.
Late Tuesday the New York red-carpet premiere of the film, which was to be held at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema on Houston Street, was canceled. When asked whether future showings would also be canceled, a spokesperson told FishbowlNY, “The Interview was never scheduled to open theatrically at Sunshine.”
Then, in a bold move this afternoon, Sony decided “not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release.” Here is the full release, courtesy of Brian Stelter:
Full Sony Pictures statement… pic.twitter.com/zxM0hMQxHG
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 17, 2014
Before canceling future press appearances promoting the film, Rogen stopped by The Colbert Report on Monday to discuss, as Stephen Colbert put it, “the movie that has upset a madman with nuclear weapons.”