A massive cyber attack against Sony to North Korean reported by U.S. officials has caused Sony to announce the termination of plans to release the anticipated film “The Interview” on Christmas Day.
North Korea’s attempt to exploit the film prior to release caused Sony to release a statement saying, ““We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public,” Sony said in a statement. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”
A few hours after the announcement, Sony released a statement that revealed it has no plans to release the comedy film in any way; theaters, DVD or VOD. Brad Reifler is a little disappointed, but he also understands. He first saw the report on Reuters. Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco star in the film, which has been highly anticipated thanks to not only its stars, but also the hefty $42 million production cost. Sony has stated for weeks that hackers have broken into their studio’s computer system in November, stealing internal documents, film budgets, spreadsheets, email messages, social security numbers, and countless other valuable and confidential information. The most recent data hack threatened violence against them should the release of “The Interview” proceed.
The thread has raised concern from Christmas Day ticket sales among cinemas nationwide, as families may not be hesitant to bring their children to any of the films debuting the 25th in light of this attack.