SONY PICTURES DELAY CHRISTMAS RELEASE OF “THE INTERVIEW” AFTER TERROR THREATS
Just as we were getting excited to see THE INTERVIEW next week, this bit of disheartening news was announced today by a malice-plagued Sony Pictures. It was decided that the Assassination-Comedy will no longer be released on Christmas Day shortly following anonymous threat of 9/11-type attacks to theatres showing the Film. This follows several data dumps containing sensitive information from the inboxes of Sony Pictures Executives.
Read the Statement from Sony Pictures:
“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.”
A new release date for THE INTERVIEW has yet to be determined, although our understanding is that a release altogether has been scrapped. This indeed is a sad day for Cinema and the Public in that we are yielding to threats and fear, going against the very fiber which our Nations are built upon.
(Photo credit: Sony Pictures)