If you were looking forward to the 2014 comedy starring the permanently stoned pals Seth Rogan and James Franco , then I’m sorry to crush your dreams but you may not get the chance. Yes, you heard me, several film theatre chains in America have dropped the movie and I have all of the juicy details after the jump:
The highly anticipated movie centers on a famous talk show host David Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron (Rogan) who successfully land an exclusive interview with none other than North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but they are soon tasked by the CIA to assassinate him, as you can imahine, it doesn’t go as smoothly as they hoped.
The controversial premise seemed to display some big balls when it was first announced, although no real dilemmas appeared throughout any of the production or casting announcements. That was until the first trailer was released.
While it shaped up to be one of the best comedies of the year, and even made it onto my most anticipated of the year list, but to no-one’s surprise, North Korea wasn’t exactly too thrilled with the idea. A statement released in June by the Korean Central News Agency strongly blasted the project, even going so far as to name it an “act of war”.
Shit really hit the fan this past month however, during the Sony Pictures Entertainment Hack which you can read more about [here]. The same group #GOP this time threatened the theatres and audiences that they too would be subject to a hack and even more serious action if they released the movie:
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
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.
All the world will denounce the SONY.
[Above quote is all thanks to Deadline.com]
Wow, they really arent messing around are they? – Sony later gave the theatres the option to pull out of distributing the movie to which major chains such as AMC, Cineplex and more quickly accepted. This news combined with Rogan and Franco pulling out of promotional appearances for the movie surely means The Interview has ended before it even aired. While they have yet to officially announce it’s demise, I don’t need to be a CIA agent to know its over.
The Interview hasn’t been the only movie to suffer, it was also announced today that a thriller starring Steve Carrell and directed by Gore Verbinski set in North Korea has also been cancelled.
So I guess the terrorists have won? Apparently so.
Sony have officially pulled the movie, and will not, I repeat, NOT release it in theatres. They also have “no plans” to release it on any video on demand for or even DVD. Sorry fans, but it looks like you’ll have to be a computer hacker to watch the movie.