About a week ago, George Clooney had claimed that the big names in Hollywood were not supporting to prevent the Sony hack. He called out the media and Hollywood for not standing by Sony Pictures in their good stead. However, reports claimed that there was no petition of that kind which ever circulated or reached major studios in the industry. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
American actor, filmmaker and activist Clooney revealed in an interview with Deadline to support Sony leaders Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal. He created a petition, asking industry leaders to support Sony in not submitting to the hackers' demands. But nobody came forward in support and signed it. Clooney did not name anyone who refused to sign the petition.
Representatives for five foremost studios contacted The Hollywood Reporter (THR), stating that their top executives never received Clooney’s petition. Top executives from 20th Century Fox, Disney, Universal, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. say they were never approached or contacted to sign a petition by Clooney or his agent. Deadline shared the story on THR, calling Clooney and Bryan Lourd’s petition as counterfeit.
Sony canceled the Dec. 25, 2014 theatrical release of "The Interview." The movie is a dark comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen as a TV host and producer recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The release was canceled after many theater chains in North America dropped the film in the wake of hackers' threatened terrorist attacks.
Clooney said that the petition was sent to the chiefs of all the studios by his manager Bryan Lourd. However, they refused to sign. Reps from studios admitted they were approached by Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton to sign an MPAA-backed letter, but it was far removed from the one Clooney described in his Deadline interview.
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