Steve Carell’s next leading film role was slated to be a game-changer for his acting career. But the paranoid thriller, tentatively titled ‘Pyongyang’, was shut down on Dec. 17 due to the cyber-terrorism currently rocking Hollywood.
Steve Carell, 52, was planning a major star turn in an upcoming suspense thriller. The Gore Verbinski-directed drama was pegged to launch the funnyman into the thriller genre — but those plans have now been scrapped, because of the films controversial setting in North Korea!
Steve Carell’s North Korea-Based Film Production Shut Down By Studio
Steve’s latest movie was shut down before filming ever even began. The film was set to begin shooting in March, but it looks like that will never happen.
An obviously disappointed Steve tweeted, “Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul”.
The shut down of New Regency’s production on Pyongyang, an intense paranoid thriller from director Gore Verbinski, comes on the heels of The Interview getting pulled by Sony Pictures.
‘The Interview’ Theatrical Release Cancelled By Sony
Sony Pictures was forced to cancel the release of The Interview as theater chains dropped the film from their screening line-up in the wake of the Sony Pictures hacking attack and subsequent threats of further “9/11-level” terrorism that followed.
Despite the “serious” terror threats on movie-going audiences, President Obama says Americans should still go to the movies to show the cyber-hackers they haven’t won.
What do you think, Hollywoodlifers? Should North Korea remain off-limits as an entertainment topic, or are studios wrong for bending to terrorism?
— Rivea Ruff