Sony has 'no further release plans' for 'The Interview'
Much to the dismay of Pedro Pascal and other fans still hoping to see the highly controversial comedy, Sony confirmed to EW on Wednesday that the company “has no further release plans” for The Interview.
According to Deadline, that includes DVD, VOD and “any other platforms.”
Earlier on Wednesday, the company announced that it was canceling the planned Christmas release of The Interview after Guardians of Peace, the cyberterrorists who claim to be behind the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, invoked 9/11 in a threatening letter. Before Sony made the announcement, theaters across the nation had already announced that they would not be playing the film.
Because it centers on the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the film is highly contentious — North Korea’s Foreign Ministry equated it to “an act of war.” United States intelligence officials told The New York Times on Wednesday that the North Korea ordered the attacks on Sony Pictures computers.
In its statement announcing The Interview‘s cancellation, Sony wrote:
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.
Update: A source also also confirmed to EW that, as Deadline reported, there will be no international roll out of the film.