Premiere of 'The Interview' scrapped amid terror threat from hackers
Sony announce their decision to cancel the film's release
The Sony Pictures hacking debacle continues to make headlines as it has been announced that the New York premiere of The Interview will be cancelled amid security concerns. The comedy about the assassination of North Korea's president, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco, has angered the hacker group, who call themselves 'Guardians of Peace', causing them to issue a violent warning, which references 9/11, to anyone intending to screen the film:
"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..."
The move to cancel the event, by Landmark Cinemas who's New York flagship theatre we set to host the premiere, was swiftly followed by four other major US theatre chains who have all said they will no longer be screening the film. With the loss of the majority of the film's distribution, Sony have been forced to scrap the film's release.
The Department of Homeland Security have initially said that there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot" against cinemas, but noted it was still analysing messages from the group.
The film's stars, James Franco and Seth Rogen, have not made any official comments on the ongoing situation but the news that they have pulled out of several media appearances including Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon indicates that they are proceeding with caution in reaction to the threats.
Sony have released an official statement in support of the decision made by theatre executives but markedly objects to the infringement on their privacy, see the full statement below:
"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."