December 18, 2014

Sony has decided to pull the plug on The Interview in light of the terrorist threats from their hackers which led to most of the major theater chains in the U.S. back out of running the film. Several news outlets are reporting that pressure from other studios also contributed to their decision.

the interview sceneThe studio released a statement saying, “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 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.”

  • According to The Wrap, other studios put pressure on Sony because they were concerned that the hacker threats against theaters playing the movie would also keep people from going to the movies to see other films being released that day including The Gambler, Into the Woods, and Unbroken.
  • Theater chains including Regal, AMC, Cinemark,Cineplex, Carmike, and Arclight decided not to show the movie before Sony officially made their decision.
  • Seth Rogen recently addressed the controversy in a radio interview saying, “I’m just going to go and try not to think about any of this stuff for a few days. I’ve been playing mental acrobatics. It’s a very funny movie and amidst all the stuff surrounding it, it’s just a comedy. Its prime goal was not to be controversial.”