The “Sony Hackers” which most likely is the North Korean Communist Government, are now threatening terrorist attacks on American citizens if they see the movie. The movie is a comedy about trying to assassinate Kim Jong-un who was and may still be the dictator of North Korea. There are reports he was overthrown and his sister is now the dictator.
As background North Korea threatened a “merciless counter-measure” if Sony proceeded with the movie. Since then Sony’s corporate website was hacked. Here is background on that from Vanity Fair:
Did North Korea Hack Sony Pictures Over The Interview?
In June, North Korea declared that James Franco’s and Seth Rogen’s upcoming comedy The Interview was “an act of war.” Now, Pyongyang may have exacted their revenge on Sony Pictures for the film—and The Interview isn’t even out yet.
The comedy stars Franco as a television host who, along with his producer (Rogen), is assigned the task of assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea threatened a “merciless counter-measure” against Sony Pictures if they went ahead with the film, which is due to be released around Christmas. Now, Sony Pictures is investigating whether North Korea is behind Monday’s cyber attack that hacked into their corporate website and stole sensitive data.
Re/code reports that on Monday, a hacker group called the Guardians of Peace or #GOP (which is not affiliated with the Republican Party) hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment network. The group left an image of a red skull and the phrase “Hacked By #GOP” in their wake and threatened to release sensitive data stolen from Sony’s servers if their demands were not met. The attack also locked Sony’s employees out of their computers and forced to use pen and paper, which is particularly cruel.
On Tuesday, Sony released a brief statement noting that they “experienced a system disruption”, which they were working to resolve. Re/code reports that the so-called service disruption may be the work of hackers who are based in China, but working on behalf of North Korea. Read More: http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/11/north-korea-james-franco-seth-rogen
Now those hackers are threatening terrorism:
Sony hack: Hackers threaten terror attacks against people who see The Interview at cinemas
THE Sony hackers have issued a chilling warning to moviegoers — threatening anyone who sees The Interview to “remember the 11th of September 2001.”
“Warning. 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,” a note allegedly written by the hacking group — calling itself Guardians of Peace — read.
“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.”
The film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have withdrawn from all media appearances in the lead-up to the Christmas Day release of the film, BuzzFeed reports. Read More: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/sony-hack-hackers-threaten-terror-attacks-against-people-who-see-the-interview-at-cinemas
It is having the intended effect:
The New York premiere of The Interview has been canceled in the wake of a threatening message posted Tuesday by the Sony hackers, Variety reported.
A spokesperson for Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema told the industry daily that the East Coast premiere of the comedy scheduled for Thursday would not take place.
The West Coast premiere of the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie, about an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, took place without incident in Los Angeles on Dec. 11. (USA Today)
UPDATE: 12:30PST The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter both state, based on anonymous sources, that the largest movie chains will not debut the movie next week. Carmike Cinemas said that it would not be showing the film, while the sources indicate they will be joined by AMC, Cinemark, Regal and Cineplex. In a statement to THR, Regal cited Sony Pictures’ ‘wavering support’ for the film, as well as the threats, as the reason it decided to delay the film’s opening.
This is the first time a foreign dictator has been able to censor an American movie that we are aware of. Sony spent about $40 million on the movie. It appears they will not even be able to open it now with the reported theater company pull-outs.