UPDATE: Sony has given theater operators the option to not screen 'The Interview' in their theaters. While no theaters have pulled the movie from their listings yet, that could change in a moments notice as President of Phoenix Big Cinemas Phil Zacheretti says: “At this moment we have it booked for all of our theaters,” “Things could change in a moment’s notice. It’s a very serious issue. Our perspective is we usually show movies and the public can decide what they want to see. But we don’t want to put anyone at risk.” source; LATimes
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Bad news for those excited to see [The Interview](movie:900924) this holiday season! The comedy film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that was scheduled for release on Christmas Day might be a bit delayed coming down the chimney! Los Angeles Times tweeted today that Sony is considering scratching their initial plans to release The Interview on Dec. 25th.
The tweet doesn't specify why Sony would be considering delaying or possibly scrapping the film. It's kind of hard to think that they would do this, especially to a big project with James Franco and Seth Rogen attached to it. But it most likely has something to do with the recent hack threats Sony has experienced. Tons of Sony emails have been hacked and released for everyone to see! From emails having to do with Spider-Man's inclusion in the MCU, to a strange 21 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover to embarrassing photos of employees at the Christmas party!
The threats even went so far as a the hackers threatening to attack any theater screening the film in a 9/11 type attack! I can understand Sony's worry. Though I doubt there will be a huge attack on all theaters screening this film, you never know. I honestly don't see the problem with this film. There have been many films with a similar premise such as this. The group responsible for the hack - the Guardians of Peace - released a statement claiming:
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.)
I was really looking forward to seeing this film too. It looks like a hilarious film and it stars an all star cast! For those who don't know; The Interview is a comedy film about two reporters (Franco and Rogen) who after getting an interview with Kim Jong-Un, are tasked by the CIA to assassinate him. The film looks hilarious so I'm hoping Sony gets this out somehow! I don't think anyone would mind a straight-to-DVD release if Sony really does decide to scrap an official theater release.
What do you think? Should Sony delay and/or scrap the release of 'The Interview'?