Sony Hackers Threaten To Kill Moviegoers In Attacks On The Interview Theaters
The group claiming responsibility for the Sony hacking crisis is now threatening moviegoers who attend screenings of The Interview, the new Seth Rogen-James Franco movie in which two American journalists try to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
On Tuesday, the so-called “Guardians of Peace” released a warning about their violent “Christmas gift” for audiences who dare to see the film, invoking 9/11 and promising vengeance over the “greed” of Sony Pictures. The alleged hackers’ message was sent to media outlets as part of its latest batch of documents amid the hacking saga that has rocked Hollywood in recent weeks.
Here is the statement (with its poor grammar and confusing sentence structure): “We have already promised a Christmas gift to you. This is the beginning of the gift. We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.”
It continues, “Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”
UPDATE: The Carmike theater chain has since said it will not show The Interview when it officially opens on Christmas Day. Additionally, the film’s New York premiere, scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled.