In light of the terrorist threat received yesterday against all movie theaters that show The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, Sony let theater owners know that if they wanted to pull the movie from their schedules, they would support that decision. This morning, the big five movie chains, including Regal and AMC, announced that they would in fact not be showing The Interview.
Sony has responded to that news by dropping The Interview from its release schedule for December 25.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
The future of The Interview is now in question. It might land on Video on Demand, but the question will be, “When?”
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