Sony Pictures Entertainment has now officially canceled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview.” The cancellation was confirmed Wednesday afternoon after the majority of United States’ theaters pulled the movie out of concern for the safety of their patrons. Sony said an official statement. “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”
AMC Theaters was one of the first to pull the movie, as did Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark and Regal Entertainment. “The Interview,” a film that follows the assassination of the North Korean ruler, Kim Jong-un was co-directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It was just yesterday that a threat of terrorism was released against any theaters that planned to show “The Interview.” Although not in perfect English, one-line of the threat read, “Remember the 11th of September 2001.”
The statement released by Sony is as follows:
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.
The film was scheduled to release on Christmas Day.