Sony Cancels The Interview Release As Hackers Win
Sony has announced that it is canceling the December 25 release of The Interview, the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy at the center of a hacking scandal that has engulfed the company and Hollywood in recent days. The company made the decision after the hackers claiming responsibility for the breach threatened violence against moviegoers, leading several high-profile theater chains to cancel screenings. It’s believed that the hack is linked to North Korea, whose dictator Kim Jong-un is targeted for assassination in the movie.
Here is the official Sony statement: “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.”
It continues: “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.”
And, despite speculation, The Interview will not be getting a digital release instead. “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” says a company spokesperson. It’s a stunning victory for the hackers against a major corporation and a huge Christmas Day theatrical release. What do you think of Sony’s decision?