Sony Pulls The Interview as a Result of the Hack Threats

We all know about the whole Sony hack incident. Sony was hacked and a lot of information about their upcoming movies were released (check out our articles on Spider-Man here). However, the hackers (calling themselves the Guardians of Peace) have now become extremely against the release of The Interview. The movie is a Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy where the two have to assassinate the leader of North Korea, Kim Jung Un. A lot of controversy has surrounded the film already, as North Korea has been outwardly against the release of the film, saying it is a "declaration of war". However, Sony persisted to release the film. However, the Guardians of Peace are saying that they'll launch an "9/11 level" attack against any movie theater that shows the film and any movie goer who sees the film. Rogen and Franco then stopped doing public appearances for the film and Sony gave theaters the option to not show the film, scheduled for a Christmas 2014 release, just weeks away. 

However, now Sony won't be releasing the film theatrically at all. The official statement by the studio says this:

“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.”

It's sad that it's come to this, really. A lot of people were looking forward to seeing the film (myself included) and now we won't get to see it. The studio mentioned perhaps doing an on demand release or straight to DVD but it doesn't seem likely any time soon. The studio is also taking a dive financially because of this. The film cost $42 million to make and now none of that is going to be made back at all. It's really unfortunate that this has happened. We don't know how legitimate the threats were, but it's best that the movie isn't released, if they are in fact sincere. No movie is worth lives (well, maybe... no. No, no movie)

What do you think about this? Should The Interview have been released? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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