Sony Pictures announced Tuesday it had scrapped the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after a number of major movie chains announced they would not show the film in the wake of threats from unknown hackers implying the theaters were at risk, Fox News reports. (The FBI has confirmed North Korea is responsible.)
Sony released a statement saying, “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.”
As of Wednesday AMC Entertainment, Regal Cinemas, Cineplex and Cinemark had opted to drop the movie after the hackers issued threats that implied the theaters showing the movie were terror targets. According to TMZ, Bow Tie Cinemas also canceled planned showings of the movie.