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Sony Officially Cancels 'The Interview' Theatrical Release

Sony Officially Cancels 'The Interview' Theatrical Release

Sony has officially decided to cancel the planned theatrical release of The Interview on Christmas Day amid a massive hack of the company’s email system.

“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,” the studio said in a statement. “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”

Earlier today, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and other major theaters announced that they would not be showing the film amid threats from the hackers that they would plan 9/11-style attacks on theaters exhibiting the comedy flick starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.

“Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business,” the studio’s statement continued. “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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  • Myskina

    North korea wins!

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Jared, you should have included “I don’t give a f*ck” as one of the poll options. I would have clicked that.

  • Cindy Xi

    Because, as we all know, the best way to deal with a bully is to cave and let them have their way. That always stops bad things from ever happening again.

    I know I’ll get blasted for this comment, but I think the weakness of the Obama administration is being exploited here. Even if NK carried out an attack, would Obama retaliate? I wanted President Obama to be successful. However, he is so incredibly weak, and empty. He has screwed up all the huge gains in Iraq and let ISIS and the Taliban run amok in the Middle East.

    Internationally and domestically he is in over his head. He ruined health insurance. My health insurance is up to $450/month from just $200/month. My car insurance is currently only $25/month (from Insurance Panda) and renter’s only $15/month (from Eagle)…both private enterprise… but who knows when Obama will try to step in and socialize that?

    Again, I could be wrong, but I think President Obama’s weakness is at play here. We need to remove “the home of the brave” from our national anthem. Sad that we are bending to the will of north korea.

  • Violet

    COWARDS!!!

  • Goose

    Their behavior is arrogant, disrespectful, and rude. If any other country had made s film like this directed at the U.S. we’d have been upset as well.. They deserve what they get.

  • eternalozzie

    come back and comment when you have an understanding of economics and the power the presidency has in policy and law making. you’re insurance cost are probably the only accurate things you typed in your statements above.

  • Walker Drake

    What the fuck has this issue to do with Obama’s policies?! You are just randomly looking for reasons to blame everything on that guy. Now I’m not an American, so I’m not being partisan here.

    And as a German guy, I don’t think Obama is weak. In fact he much smarter than the previous guy, who acted with his military on his whim.

  • Walker Drake

    I agree. They are just comedians but there is a certain line you don’t cross. Such as making fun of foreign political leaders.

  • Samm Lacroix

    wtf?! seriously?! I wanted to legit see this and we’re bowing down to morons hackers from potentially a country run by a cabbage patch doll?!

  • Santi

    Distribute the movie for free, have as many eyes as possible watching that movie. Send those hackers an ol’ fuck you, sony style.

  • http://www.htmlfx.com Dave Soto

    Sony let the Terrorists win! BOOOO!!!!bz

  • Mike1288

    I completely but respectfully disagree with you. We are a nation where people are free and free to make and present things no matter if you agree or not. I would not see this movie because i believe it is a more serious issue that we have going on between us and N.K. But at the end of the day it is a right and we just have it up for a country who is less than humane to their own people. That i have a problem with. Just rember how many books that changed our culture for the good that were banned at first.

  • Mike1288

    You do not live in our country so your opinion (which you have a right to have) means very little. I could care less what is going on with your government. I also do not hear very much about it as i am sure you do not hear much of ours. So how much weight do you homestly think your opinion has? It is ill informed at best.

  • Vy Nguyen

    Fair enough, I too would follow considering the amount of leaked emails lately. But I need more leaked emails. Some more behind-the-back bitching emails please! What else are they saying about Angie and Leo? No joking.

  • Cheyenne

    With all their money, Sony could have put the movie into limited release and paid for armed guards at the theaters if necessary.

  • Cheyenne

    You are an idiot. Obama’s policies have nothing to do with this. Sony’s CEO needs to grow a pair.

  • Vy Nguyen

    An opinion shouldn’t be valued based on what country they’re from. Choosing to ignore an opinion or paying little attention to it just because of that is choosing to be aloof.

    You mentioned you don’t hear much about the German government and could care less, this does not mean same goes for @Walker Drake; speak for yourself.

    Lastly, an opinion from elsewhere could be eyeopening, it can provide a more detached, balanced and dispassionate analysis of important issues.

  • Walker Drake

    I admit I don’t know that much about you domestic policies, since it does not concern me, However I do know quite a bit about ur foreign policies (thx to the 21st century). Honestly, I think I do know more about ur foreign policies than the average American. No offence.

    As a informed citizen, I would like to know what is going on in the world. After all I’m also living in it. Since your country is a major key player in the world balance, especially with your military budget, I’m always aware of ur major foreign policies. Same goes for Russia and a few other nations in EU and Asia.

    Anyway, whether my knowledge is ill formed or not is a different discussion. The only reason I responded was to due to the ignorant post about Obama, the IS and the middle east. IS is formed out of a radical ideology, It existed even before Obama and will be after him. If u honestly believe IS was created out of Obama’s “weak” policies, then I’m certainly not the one who is ill formed.

    Last but not least, Sony’s current problem has nothing to do with POTUS, you don’t need to be an American to understand that.

  • Natalie

    Lol, I knew this would happen…just last week I told my bf I won’t even bother to go watch it because I don’t want the same shit to happen that happened at the batman movie. Although that was some angry kid, and this is north Korea. Lol. Funny they are caving but I understand it will be sony blamed if something did occur! Looked like a dumb movie anyway… I like comedy but making fun of others isnt that funny to me.

  • Dina Marie

    Wow.

  • suk bin

    vivement que le sud arrache la terre du nord …

    bénis soit le jour de la réunification .. (continue de rêver)

  • mouth

    Yeah, great, capitulate to an evil murderous tyrant. Send him flowers too. Seriously?

  • mouth

    What rock do you live under? Islamic countries and communists used to make tons of Rambo like movies that killed Americans. We blew it off, not like this insecure whiny fatassed snot nose: Crybaby Jong.

  • dalovelee

    Use common sense folks..If they had released the film with a known threat to public safety…and God forbid something tragic happened..There would be a line of lawyers from here to Mars ready to sue Sony.

  • mouth

    Why? What the hell does anyone owe that backwards freak?

  • Deanne

    Good. It looks like a stupid movie anyway and it was irresponsible to make it in the first place.

  • Deanne

    It’s not about owing anybody. I don’t think anyone feels Kim Jong Un is anything but a huge POS, but the fact remains that he’s a crazy POS.
    Poking fun at a crazy POS in a politically unstable environment is stupid and irresponsible.

  • Deanne

    Jeezus. Take a Xanax and go for a long walk.

  • Michael P Moore

    Bruno and The Dictator did this…

  • millerz

    this is so ridiculous. I’m sorry but are we supposed to hide and be afraid for the rest of our lives?? This was a fictional movie. NORTH KOREA. LIGHTEN UP!!!!!

  • Max

    are you dumb? Koreans will not be treated disrespectful because they have censorship. they will not hear or see anything from this movie, because they are not free to watch things they want to so. and NOBODY deserves 9/11 terror.

  • Darr247

    Sony’s execs are a bunch of wussies. I’ma sell as much SNE short as I can margin tomorrow, ’cause they’re a bunch of dumb a55e55.

  • Darr247

    You’re a bigger idiot than the sony execs who thought putting a self-installing rootkit on their music CDs would be a good idea.

  • Leni

    Seriously, every other action movie and season of 24 puts the American president in peril or kills them. America/Americans are cool with this. Way to show you have no sense of humour, North Korea. Calm down.

  • takenosht

    Stupid maybe…irresponsible, no. Your absolute right for free speech–absolutely. Do you realize what North Korea is/does? What kind of country it is? What kind of freedom we have here and they don’t? You don’t apologize for that, you applaud it and support leaders that support it. There might have been a time when I would agree with you Deanne, but the truth is…Seth Rogen and James Franco can say the Hell whatever they want in a movie about anyone they want…and that is justified and should be protected. And the second we start condemning them for that is when we start moving towards backasswards crazy POS N. Korealand. You can’t sit happily in the middle…because when issues like this come out, you do have to decide. Unfortuneately, garbage movies about 2 dumb Americans and a sad little fat dictator in a big fat mess of a Twilight Zone country should be allowed and those that threaten lives for making movies as such are saying “We would kill our own people for speaking out against our country’s leader, so we are going to kill you if you do the same.” I’m sorry that’s crazy pants and will not be tolerated. End of story.

  • Deanne

    Yes, I do realize what North Korea in general and Kim Jong Un specifically does.
    This was kind of a tough one for me to formulate an opinion about. I agree that we shouldn’t bow to terrorist pressure, but I kind of feel we lobbed a pretty big ‘FU’ at them in the form of this movie.
    It’s one thing to not stand for their horrendous actions, but it’s another to poke the bear, so to speak.

    Your points are all very valid and well put. Thank you for your intelligent and thoughtful reply. It was extremely interesting.

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