Following Wednesday’s news that Sony was canceling the Christmas release of The Interview, now another movie lampooning a North Korean dictator will not be seen in theaters: At least two theaters have said their upcoming screenings of Team America: World Police have been canceled by Paramount.
On Wednesday, the Dallas/Fort Worth Alamo Drafthouse explained on Twitter that it would have continued showing The Interview despite the fact that a number of theater chains had dropped screenings—but because Sony had now pulled The Interview from all theaters, the Drafthouse would show Team America, which features a villainous Kim Jong-il puppet, in its place. On Thursday, the Drafthouse tweeted the following:
Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014
Alamo Drafthouse said in a statement, “We can confirm that the screening of TEAM AMERICA was cancelled as the film was pulled from release. We are issuing refunds to those that purchased tickets.”
The Cleveland-based Capitol Theatre, tweeted earlier today that it was planning to show the movie from the team behind South Park in June, but then later reported: “. . . we just received word: Paramount has pulled all future screenings of Team America. Ours is canceled. :(.” The theater wrote:
Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW
— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014
Paramount did not immediately respond to EW‘s requests for comment. Intelligence officials have now linked the Sony hack to the North Korean government, The New York Times reported.
Update: Paramount had no comment.