First, beleaguered Sony Corporation cancelled all showings of ‘The Interview’ following threats of violence. Then when theaters announced they’d replace it with the film ‘Team America: World Police’, which also satires North Korea, more furor erupted and that movie is now being pulled from planned screenings!
President Obama has urged moviegoers to head to the theaters despite the “9/11”- like threats made against James Franco and Seth Rogen‘s new movie The Interview. But the film industry is so terrified that it has now decided to cancel screenings of Team America: World Police, another film in which North Korea and its leaders are mocked.
‘Team America’ Cancelled: Paramount Pulls Showings After ‘The Interview’ Threats
Celebrities and fans are not happy about Sony’s decision, and one theater decided to take a stand and put the “F back in freedom” by playing the 2004 flick Team America: World Police instead. “Because”, as the theater put it, “AMERICA, F YEAH.”
Team America, which was written by “South Park” creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady, is about an American paramilitary group (played by marionettes) who foil a terrorist plot by Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Un‘s late father.
But just as we were triumphantly lining up to buy our tickets, Paramount Pictures reportedly forbade Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters from showing the film, according to our sister site Deadline.
The theater revealed that it had to pull the film “due to circumstances beyond our control,” Deadline reports. Paramount’s decision will surely give even more fodder to celebs and other citizens who are concerned about freedom of speech amid this hacking scandal, which is now being called “America’s first cyberwar.”
‘The Interview’ Premiere & Showings Cancelled: Theaters Scared Of Hacker Threats
After a terrorist group calling itself The Guardians of Peace released a terrifying statement threatening an attack of “9/11”- level proportions on any theaters showing The Interview, Sony announced its decision to cancel the movie, saying:
“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.”
The threat, which U.S. officials now believe was issued by North Korea, has angered fans, celebrities, and even politicians who argue that Sony is letting the terrorists win.
HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think? Are Sony and Paramount right to cancel showings of these controversial movies? Share your thoughts.
— Tierney McAfee