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Sony Releases New Statement, Defends Not Releasing 'The Interview'

Sony Releases New Statement, Defends Not Releasing 'The Interview'

Sony has just released a new statement on why they dropped the release of their film The Interview!

“Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion,” the studio shared.

Sony added, “The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.”

Sony continued to say that they were looking for alternatives, so people will have the opportunity to see the movie in the future.

Click inside to read the statement in its entirety…

Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.

The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.

Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.

After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.

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  • shoes4life

    Who cares!! I am tired of hearing about this mess. The movie looked like crap anyway! Those who are giving them grief about not releasing this mess should stop because everyone would be blaming & suing Sony for not acting after these a$$holes hackers set a bomb off in one of the movie theaters killing hundreds or thousands of people.

  • RocioBengochea

    But didn’t they also say no dvd and steaming earlier in the week too? So it wasn’t just the theaters. Are they backtracking?

  • Aaron Williams

    Put it online and release a statement saying it got leaked by hackers. The theaters made the right choice, financially, speaking. If the threats were real, the lawsuits will be endless, especially after what happened with the Batman, Colorado theater shooter. It just isn’t worth it, especially if the movie flops at the box office. It’s the safest route to ensure losses aren’t effected beyond repair. Moreover, it’s a battle of protecting freedom of speech vs freedom to live without fear. I’m sure many would choose to live without fear, especially over a ridiculous movie like this. None of it is worth the subsequent possible damages.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Liars!

    Bad news. Bad press. Embarrassing secret celeb insult e-mils. And horrible decisions.

    Sony is looking more and more like a candidate for hostile take over.

    Great time to get some good press and come to a deal with Marvel over Spidey!

  • mandyz

    “The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.” LIES ON TOP OF LIES TO COVER THEIR A$$HOLES. STFU SONY, YOU’RE A BUNCH OF WEAK BUFFOONS!!!

  • Sprite

    Amber or ambergris – release at a later date? it could be baloney or it’s a ‘abalone’ I just thought the South Koreans were more adept at network hack.

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