Looks like Seth Rogen’s boast about Sony exec’s, Amy Pascal, massive balls for releasing controversial film “The Interview” has deflated with nary a whimper. Sony just pulled the plug on the movie following threats of terrorist attacks from its hackers, the Guardians of Peace (GOP).
The beleaguered media giant cancelled the release of the American comedy starring Rogen and James Franco after major movie theaters across the U.S. decided to cancel their Dec. 25, 2014 showing of the film. This following promises of a “Christmas gift” from the GOP that would mirror the terror and fear of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
"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," Sony said in a statement, as published on BBC News.
Sony further said it was “deeply saddened” by the turn of events and condemned the GOP’s blatant attempts to hold back the distribution of “The Interview.” The cancellation of the film’s release has pushed through despite Homeland Security and FBI assurances that they found no evidence of terrorist activity.
Sony Pictures Entertainment initially experienced the ire of the GOP when the group perpetrated a massive data hack on the company’s systems, compromising thousands of gigabytes worth of unreleased movies, screenplays, internal emails and confidential information of its actors and employees.
The GOP claimed the attack was in protest at the filming and imminent release of the film, “The Interview,” which portrays Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA to take down North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after they land a coveted interview with the strongman.
Initially, North Korea was suspected to be behind the cyberattack, but it denied these allegations, albeit thanked the perpetrators for their support in “ending US imperialism once and for all.”
Currently, Sony continues to reel from the financial blow of the recent events, including the estimated $42 million (£27 million) it cost to produce the film, as well as the frenzied media coverage of the bad blood arising from notorious leaked emails insulting major Sony stars.
Reports have emerged saying the release of “The Interview” could very well happen online instead of in theaters, DVD or Blu-ray and this is probably the best strategy Sony could hope for seeing the GOP has effectively castrated its “balls.”
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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/James Franco