Sony Pictures has announced that they will be cancelling the release of The Interview, which was set to open on Christmas Day.
The federal government confirmed on Wednesday that North Korea was behind the massive hack that saw the release of thousands of internal emails from Sony over the past two weeks, ending with threats against theaters that dared show the movie.
Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the plug on the release of The Interview after hackers threatened 9/11-like terror attacks on cinemas showing the comedy.
The decision came just hours after the five largest theater chains in North America announced they were pulling out of showing the film following the threats.
This really sucks because the movie looked hilarious. But definitely not worth people possibly losing their lives!
The comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco followed two bumbling American journalists assigned by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
The studio said it was “deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company”.
U.S. investigators have determined the attacks against Sony was the work of hackers working on behalf of the North Korean government,according to CNN Justice Correspondent Evan Perez.
Authorities are also looking into whether or not someone inside Sony helped the hackers.
Many in Hollywood are not happy with the decision to cancel the film, and took to Twitter to express their frustration and anger.
Aaron Sorkin wrote, “Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie.
“The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public–a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on The Interview.”
Actor Rob L owe tweeted, “Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow”.
He later added, “Saw @SethRogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today”.
Former “Scrubs” star Zach Braff also weighed in, writing, “Canceling “The Interview” seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set”.
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