The Sony hackers are now throwing up their hats in jubilation … as their 9/11-esque threat against movie theaters has forced the entertainment company to cancel The Interview.
As ENTmania! reported, anonymous hackers who call themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’ sent out a statement to the media on Tuesday, threatening to attack any movie theater who will show The Interview on Christmas Day 9/11 style. Although the U.S Department of Homeland Security dismissed the threat as lacking ‘credibility’, it succeeded in its mission, which was to scare major movie theaters into not showing the movie.
The threat also scared the film’s major stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, who cancelled all their scheduled press appearances.
Sony had initially responded to the threat on Tuesday by cancelling the New York premiere of the movie, but on Wednesday decided not to release it altogether. In a bitter statement, the company said:
Un (sic) light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.
The Interview cost $44 million to produce. So you can understand the pain Sony is feeling.