Following the cancellation of “The Interview” due to Sony hackers’ terrorist attack threats, and the subsequent pulling of Steve Carell’s North Korea thriller, “Pyongyang” for the same reasons, Paramount Pictures has banned screenings of its 2004 satirical comedy, “Team America: World Police.”
In response to Sony Pictures Entertainment’s withdrawal of the controversial “The Interview,” a number of indie theaters decided to show the popular marionette animation film, “Team America,” featuring a fictional paramilitary police team working to save the world from a terrorist plot hatched by late North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il (Kim Jong-un’s father).
Unfortunately, Paramount has prohibited any movie theater from showing the film, and Austin-based movie chain, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which already sold out tickets to the movie, apologized to moviegoers and promised refunds following the cancellation.
Earlier, it had promoted the “Team America” film screenings advertising: “plenty of opportunities to scream out 'America! F— Yeah!' at the top of your lungs," USA Today reported.
Paramount Pictures, which initially released the $50-million grossing “Team America” a decade ago, has decided to shut down all showings, following terror threat concerns from the Guardians of Peace (GOP), a group who claimed ownership of the massive Sony cyberattack in November 2014, followed by terror threats which caused Sony Pictures to terminate the release of “The Interview.”
https://twitter.com/AlamoDFW/status/545658720798408704 All films that have any remote connection to North Korea are currently being pulled out of circulation, as evidenced by Fox and New Regency Productions’ withdrawal of “Pyongyang,” a paranoid thriller about an American’s experience working in North Korea starring Steve Carell.
While the FBI and Homeland Security have announced they have found no plausible threat from the terror violence promised by the GOP, major film companies are not taking any chances, choosing to avoid the risk of 9/11-like attacks on its premises and theater goers.
"And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win … well, that's your prerogative," the Alamo Drafhouse retorted in response to Paramount’s decision.
For all of you who were too young to appreciate the violent satiric humor of “Team America: World Police” in 2004, here’s the official trailer for your viewing pleasure:
How far will the movie industry go to bend to terrorist bullying tactics? Stay tuned for this developing series of events on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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