Sony Cancels Christmas Release Of ‘The Interview’

Entertainment, News — December 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm by

The Interview will no longer be hitting theaters this Christmas. Yesterday, the hackers who previously leaked private e-mails from Sony Pictures sent out a message threatening terrorist attacks on theaters that show The Interview. Here’s the message in full (Gawker).

Warning

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.

We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.

(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)

Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

All the world will denounce the SONY.

interview

The top five theaters in America all decided to not show the film. With theaters backing out left and right, Sony released this statement (Gawker).

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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I can definitely understand these decisions from the theaters and Sony, but it still pisses me off. It fucking sucks giving in to shit like this.The movie cost $42 million to make, so you know damn well Sony is going to do something to get this movie out there. Sony has said that it could still be released theatrically down the road. It’s also been reported that Sony’s looking into releasing it on premium video-on-demand. Either of those options would be better than nothing, but it still chaps my ass that its come to this. Where’s Team America when you need ’em?

via Variety & Gawker
cover pic: Yahoo
gif: Defamer

One Comment

  1. I watched it Christmas night as planned.

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