The New York City premiere of The Interview scheduled to take place on Thursday has been cancelled following the threat made by the hackers who claim responsibility of the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
On Tuesday, the Guardians of Peace released a statement to media, where they threatened to unleash 9/11 scale attacks on any theater who will show the controversial movie.
‘We have already promised a Christmas gift to you,’ the hackers said in a statement. ‘This is the beginning of the gift. We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.’
They continued, ‘Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.’
TMZ quotes a US Department of Homeland Security as saying that the threat is ‘not credible’, but it has not stopped theaters from cancelling their plans to show the movie, and for the movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco from cancelling their scheduled press appearances.