Sony has pulled The Interview from it’s Christmas release date.
This comes after some of the nation’s top theater chains decided not to show The Interview.
The studio said in a statement “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.”
The hacking group Guardians Of Peace released an ambiguous but scary threat Tuesday to theaters who screen the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jon Un.
The World Will Be Full Of Fear
“The world will be full of fear,” the message read. “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.”
As a result, three of country’s three largest theater chains - Regal, AMC and Cinemark – decided not to screen The Interview on it’s Christmas release date.
“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theaters,” Regal said in a statement Wednesday.
Sony had already cancelled all future promotional appearances by Franco and Rogen as of Tuesday, including the film’s big New York premiere.
The studio has already been the victim of hackers that released sensitive company e-mails that included disses to Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood players. Other items leaked included stars’ salaries, unreleased films and employee social security numbers.