A theater in Texas has found a funny way of making a protest statement after Sony canceled the release of the Seth Rogan/James Franco comedy "The Interview." In its place, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Dallas/Fort Worth venue will reportedly show another humorous film that pokes fun at North Korea and its dictatorship: "Team America: World Police," reports the Hollywood Reporter.
“We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” James Wallace, the theater’s creative manager and programmer, told the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to showing the 2004 film, which was written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Alamo will also distribute American flags and patriotic items to its guests.
The film will enjoy one viewing on Dec. 27. On its website, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema posted the following note:
“And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative.”
Sony axed the release of "The Interview" after five of the country’s theater giants made the decision to cancel their showings of the film, which centers around Rogen and Franco’s characters being asked to assassinate Kim Jong Un. Earlier in the week, Sony email hackers threatened to blow up movie theaters if the film was released and many are saying Sony’s hands were tied in the matter.
On Wednesday, Sony Pictures released the following statement, reports Deadline:
“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.”