Guardians of Peace won. North Korea won. Sony Pictures lost.
Sony Pictures pulled “The Interview” from all theater chains after allowing movie theaters the option to stop or delay the release of the movie on Christmas Day.
The studio gamble proved to be costly as the major theater chains such as Cinemark, Regal Entertainment, AMC Theatres and ArcLight decided to not show it at all.
Fans are livid on social media sites about Sony allowing the terrorists to win. And everybody knows the move has greater repercussions in Hollywood—not just Sony Pictures itself.
Producer/director Judd Apatow took to Twitter for his tirade against these hackers.
"I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?" he tweeted. "What if an anonymous person got offended by something an executive at Coke said. Will we all have to stop drinking Coke?"
A second victim of this fallout is now with Gore Verbinski’s “Pyongyang” starring Steve Carell. The film based on the Guy Delisle graphic novel is about a paranoid Westerner working in North Korea for a year. It had a March release date.
With studios caving to these hackers’ demands, the real question will be on whether Hollywood surrender to every anonymous threat? It opened a Pandora’s Box for anyone to stop a release a film—credible or not.
So stop all movies about Middle-Eastern terrorists. Stop any movie making anti-Russian films.
Censorship won. The art had lost.
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