This is terrifying. After receiving 9/11-styled threats of an attack on theaters that screen ‘The Interview’, Sony has given permission to theater owners to cancel any and all screenings of the film if they feel unsafe.
Sony is taking extra precaution after hacking group Guardians of Peace released chilling threats of a 9/11-esque atttack on theaters that screen James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s upcoming film The Interview. Theaters were given permission by Sony on Dec. 16 to cancel screenings of the film should they feel unsafe, and theater owners are frantically canceling the screenings.
‘The Interview’ Premiere & Showings Canceled: Theaters Scared Of Hacker Threats
Movie theaters have been warned, and Sony also warned people to stay far away from places where the film may be shown, according to the Daily Mail.
The Carmike Cinemas chain, which operates 278 theaters in 41 states, is reportedly the first chain not to show the film when it opens on Christmas Day, and there will likely be many more chains to cancel showings as well.
It looks like good precaution is being taken. James, 36, and Seth, 32, cancelled their media appearances for the controversial comedy, while the film’s New York premiere set for Dec. 18 has reportedly been cancelled as well, according to our sister site Deadline.
Hackers Threaten To Attack Theaters Playing ‘The Interview’
Early on Dec. 16, Guardians of Peace released a terrifying message threatening to launch an attack on theaters showing the film.
“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.”
North Korea is said to be behind the threats, as they are reportedly unhappy with the controversial content in the film. James and Seth play celebrity journalists who go on a mission to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think? Do you think theaters should cancel any and all showings of The Interview?
— Julianne Ishler