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Steve Carell North Korea-set movie dropped

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As plans for the release of The Interview unravel with Sony canceling plans for a Christmas release, New Regency’s North Korea-set project has been halted. 

A source has confirmed to EW that an untitled film with Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell attached as director and star, respectively, is not going forward. Deadline first reported the news, describing the film as “paranoid thriller.”

Over the past week, a message claiming to be from the group that hacked Sony invoked 9/11 in a threat, which prompted movie theater chains to decide not to show the film. Following the theaters’ decisions, Sony canceled plans for the film’s Christmas release. The New York Times has since reported that the U.S. has reached the conclusion that the North Korean government was  “centrally involved” in the hacking.

In The Interview, a comedy, James Franco and Seth Rogen play a television host and producer who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-un.