Major theater chains drop ‘The Interview’ due to hacker threat


Update: Sony has officially announced that it will be pulling The Interview from theaters. Here’s their statement:

“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.”

The Sony Hack incident has escalated recently, with threats of a similar 9/11-like attack on theater chains if they were to show the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy, The Interview. The next question is, will theater chains actually submit to the threat?

Sony is allowing theater chains to opt out of screening The Interview. There are a couple of theater chains opting out, with the first being Carmike Cinemas. (It’s in charge of 278 theaters in the United States.) It hasn’t officially said the reason why, but it’s safe to assume this is the reason.

Now we have news that Bow Tie Cinemas is also not showing the film. Here’s their statement:

They are “saddened and angered by recent threats of terrorism in connection with the movie, The Interview. It is our mission to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests and employees. Given that the source and credibility of these threats is unknown at the time of this announcement, we have decided after careful consideration not to open The Interview on December 25, 2014 as originally planned. We hope that those responsible for this act are swiftly identified and brought to justice.”

It’s a slippery slope, because if an organization bends to the will of someone, it will likely bend again every time there’s a threat. However, if they decide to stand their ground, they might be accused of risking the lives of employees and audiences.

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