Sony has decided to pull the controversial film due to terroristic threats. Sony Pictures announced in a statement on Wednesday (Dec. 17) the decision cancel the release of the film.
A whole host of Hollywood stars are expressing concern over The Interview's cancellation. According to the online report, The hackers announced their plans to attack theaters on Tuesday, comparing it the 9/11 attacks. “The world will be full of fear,” they said. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”
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.