Confirmed: Sony cancels release of The Interview

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Sony pictures has canceled the planned Christmas Day release of the movie, The Interview.

The movie, which is about an assassination attempt of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, stars Seth Rogan and James Franco is currently at the centre of what some are calling the biggest hacking scandal in history.

The decision not to release the movie as planned follows a series of terrorist threats made to cinemagoers, with a number of major cinema chains cancelling screenings in the United States after they too received threats from a group calling itself the Guardians of Peace (GOP).

GOP has claimed responsibility for the huge hack on Sony which saw confidential data of its 47,000 employees leaked online as well as unreleased movie trailers and scripts, and highly sensitive internal emails, the content of which has caused uproar throughout Hollywood.

Earlier today, Sony released the following statement:

“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 theatergoers,”

This comes after new reports surfaced that US officials have determined that North Korea is responsible for the cyber attack, this is despite the rogue state previously denying any involvement.

According to an article in the New York Times, White House officials are debating whether or not to publicly accuse North Korea as the political fallout from the cyber attack intensifies.

A few days ago, Sony called the cyber attack as an “unprecedented criminal assault” and an “brazen effort…do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public”.

 

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