Sony has decided to cancel its release of The Interview over Christmas following most major theater chains pulling out (with Sony’s blessing) of their plans to screen the film.
TMZ reports that the people who hacked Sony have now threatened terrorist attacks against those who go to the theater to see The Interview. They said: “We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear.
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.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”
TMZ now reports that according to the Department of Homeland Security, there is no credibility to the claims of the Sony hackers that theaters screening The Interview are under threat of terrorist attacks.
A DHS official said: “We are still analyzing the credibility of these statements, but at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States. If you see something, say something.”
Carmike Cinemas has decided not to screen Sony’s The Interview in the wake of threats by the Sony hackers against distributors. As reported earlier today, the Sony hackers made terroristic threats against those who go to the theater to see the comedy, making reference to 9/11.
Now, Variety reports that Carmike, which is based in Georgia and operates 278 theaters in forty-one states, has decided to take up an offer by Sony not to distribute the film. Sony remains committed to opening the film to any chains who will screen it.