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Hackers win: ‘The Interview’ Dec. 25 release date canceled

Still of Lizzy Caplan, James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview (2014)

Still of Lizzy Caplan, James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview (2014) Photo by Ed Araquel

The controversial movie, The Interview, was scheduled to premiere in theaters on Dec. 25, 2014. The release has been canceled in light of the recent breach.

Terrorists threatened 9/11 attacks on theaters the showed the film which depicted a plot by two journalists to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex and Carmike, who between operate more than half of the country’s 40,000 cinemas, had announced on Wednesday they wouldn’t be showing the movie.

A statement from Sony Pictures Entertainment is 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.”



1 Comment

  1. BigJd on December 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I think we are acting like a bunch of pussy’s by being submissive to their demands…come on people we are in America … What happened to freedom of speak …. We should off set a example from this event …otherwise anyone is going to screw with … Cause all they would have to say or do is threaten us … And we will run away like a dog with his tail in between his legs…. Americans we need to wake …other wise we are going to lose our home ……