Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Scraps the Christmas Theater Release of 'The Interview' After 9/11 Attack Threats From Hackers

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According to news reports, North Korea has been connected to the Sony Pictures hacking and email leaks hours after the company announced The Interview would not be released in theaters anymore. This decision comes after the Sony hackers released a letter in which they made threats to those who see the movie in theaters. Read more about that here.

Last night, CNN tweeted and said the New York City screening was cancelled:


 

Other major U.S. theater chains also decided against showing The Interview and Sony now has decided not do a theatrical release for the film at all. 


The company released the following statement earlier today (Dec. 17):
"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."
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