Kim Jong-un comedy ‘The Interview’ pulled from Theaters

What a day in the history of film.

 

In a unprecedented move, Sony have decided to cancel the release of Seth Rogan’s and James Franco’s comedy ‘The Interview’, after hacker group “Guardians of Peace” promised 9/11 style attack at the premiere, and any theater that shows the movie.  This threat comes after the hacking of 1000’s of documents at Sony Headquarters.

Here is the statement from Sony:

 

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.

North Korea has publicly denied any involvement in the hacking, but the U.S has said that North Korea is “centrally involved.”  However, I don’t think it would take a member of the C.I.A to work that one out.  If it is North Korea, they have definitely over played their hand and a threat on another film before attacking one that focusses on North Korea might have been a better way for them to distance themselves from the situation.  Instead, we now have a scenario that is something akin to a scene from Team America: World Police.

 

The US is famous for not negotiating with terrorists, but it appears that Hollywood does, and i feel this is a road nobody wanted to see Sony go down.  Not only have they buckled to the whim of an online hacker who may or may not have had any intention of going through with an attack, but they have essentially given up their right to free speech despite Sony’s claim to the contrary.  Every time a film is released that pisses somebody off, will a new hacker group pop up and make demands that a studio will have to adhere to?  Will filmmakers now worry about the implications of offending somebody rather than making a good film?

 

The ironic thing here is that, while the purpose of this threat is stop people seeing the movie and poking fun at Kim Jong-un, it has ensured that now EVERYBODY will see it.  Even those that didn’t have an interest in the film will now make a point of watching it, legally or otherwise.

 

Here are some of the latest reactions from twitter:

 

 

Moving away from Entertainers, here is a very damning tweet from Newt Gingrich:

 

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One Comment on “Kim Jong-un comedy ‘The Interview’ pulled from Theaters”

  1. Sonia
    December 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Sony should suck up the loss and put the movie out free worldwide on youtube and every streaming site. They might even blame this on hackers. Otherwise the North Koreans win.

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