Sony has decided to cancel the showings of The Interview in major U.S theaters. The decision to drop the comedy came following threats of attacks at showings of the film December 25.
In a statement, Sony said “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.” The company went on to say “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater goers.”
Obviously the decision to not release for the holiday season will result in a hit for Sony. The company could release the film sometime next year, however it’s already online available on many torrent sites. Outside of the holiday season, the only profitable movie season is the summer. Theaters have been criticized for “bending to threats,” but have said the step was necessary to protect moviegoers in the event there should be an attack.
The Interview was about two journalists played by Seth Rogan and James Franco who head to North Korea to interview superfan Kim Jong-un, but are tasked by intelligence to assassinate him. The film is noted for featuring a graphic assassination scene at the end.