Sony Cancels Release of “The Interview”
There has been so much talk lately over Seth Rogan and James Franco’s latest film, “The Interview”. With good reason, though. The film is about a journalist and his producer who have been given the task by the CIA to kill North Korea leader, Kim Jung-Un. Come on now, someone had to have known that with a plot like that, there was bound to be trouble. And there sure was. The film, which has had its fair share of promotion, is officially canceled.
That’s right, Sony Pictures has decided to pull the plug on the movie’s theatrical release. This news comes just hours after five major theater chains opted out of screening “The Interview” like they had originally planned. The film was supposed to come out next week, on Christmas Day, but with all the threats thrown at Sony over “The Interview”, this movie won’t see the light on the big screen. Can you blame them? They have gone through some major hacks lately and you can’t help but wonder if a lot of that is at the hands of the North Korea government.
According to a statement that Sony released to NBC News, “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.”
What do you think about Sony’s decision?
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