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Sony cancels Christmas theatrical release of 'The Interview'

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The Interview
Ed Araquel

With movie theater chains deciding not screen The Interview, Sony has decided not to release the movie on Christmas as planned. “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,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome

Exhibitors, including AMC and Regal, chose not to show the film following a threat claiming to be from Sony hackers Guardians of Peace that invoked 9/11. The film finds James Franco and Seth Rogen playing a television host and producer recruited to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Read the full statement:

In 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.