Amid terrorist threats and bad publicity, Sony cancelled the Christmas Day release of its new film, “The Interview” on Wednesday.
The film, which centers around two journalists (Seth Rogen and James Franco) going to North Korea to kill Kim Jong-Un, has been under intense scrutiny of the last few months. Recently, the “Guardians Of the Peace”, a group claiming responsibility for the Sony hack, has threatened 9/11-like attacks on any theater that shows the film.
“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” Regal said in a statement to THR Wednesday.
With the majority of theater chains sharing the same views as Regal Entertainment Group, Sony has decided to not move forward with the December 25th release of the film.
Pamela Brown of CNN broke the story on her twitter feed.
#BREAKING Sony deciding not to move forward with planned Dec. 25th release of “The Interview” after majority of theatre chains pull the plug.
There has been no indication of what direction Sony will take with the film. There are no current plans to release the Interview in U.S. theaters.
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