Sony Pictures Entertainment announced yesterday that they would not be releasing ‘The Interview’ on Christmas Day as they originally planned to. Furthermore, the studio insisted it does not intend to release the film in any format going forward.
The decision came in response to the four largest theater chains in America saying they would not show the movie after anonymous terror threats were made the day before.
“We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatergoers,” Sony said in a statement.
‘The Interview’ is a movie starring Seth Rogan and James Franco that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It was met with criticism from North Korean officials when it was originally announced earlier this year, and has since been the target of anonymous hackers who American intelligence officials reportedly believe were operating on behalf of the North Korean government.
In an ironic twist, shortly after it became clear that ‘The Interview’ would never see the light of day in movie theaters, its controversial scene depicting the killing of Kim Jong-un immediately went viral. You can watch the scene below:
As of Thursday morning, the video -- which was posted one day earlier -- has nearly a million views.
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