Sony executive Amy Pascal is currently holding on to her job by the skin of her teeth and hopes the runaway success of "The Interview’s" limited release on Christmas Eve will help her keep her post. Read on for further details.
The media giant’s co-chairperson Amy Pascal has been in a lot of hot water lately after incriminating emails emerged following the massive data hack on Sony last November 2014. These emails jeopardized Sony’s relationship with a number of their A-list moneymaking stars, particularly with Pascal’s tactless comments on the physical and psychological attributes of Hollywood actors like Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender and even insensitive racial remarks on President Barack Obama.
As a result, Pascal now has her own motive for wanting the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy to do major box office damage — so she can keep her job.
"I hope so," Pascal told TMZ, as published on The Hollywood Reporter. However, the Sony executive seemed to want to dodge the journalists attempting to get further comments on her work situation.
"Everything is great,” she retorted evasively, adding, "Ah, you guys, I just got off a plane."
"The Interview" earned $15 million on its Christmas Eve opening day, making it the top online film in Sony’s history, with over two million downloads to date. It also raked in nearly $3 million from its limited release in independent theaters, which is only $20 million less than Sony expected it to generate had it opened as scheduled in major movie houses across the US.
The fact that the film’s backstory is even more dramatic than the movie’s screenplay itself has lent momentum to its popularity, or infamy, as it were.
The question still remains whether Sony can recoup over $92 million in production and marketing costs, and perhaps that’s where Amy Pascal’s redemption lies.
Some industry insiders are speculating whether Pascal will still be at Sony once the scandal dies down. According to Variety Senior Film Reporter Brent Lang, while the hacked internal emails may have been embarrassing to the company, no fire-able offense, such as corporate malfeasance or corruption, were apparent.
Hence, Pascal may be safe. Unless Sony’s shareholders decide to sue.
Watch this video clip on Pascal’s job prospects here:
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