Looks like Kim Jong-un got what he wanted.
Following major movie chains’ decision to remove The Interview from their lineup in response to the Sony Corp. hackers’ threats, James Franco and Seth Rogen’s film will has had its theatrical release canceled. This comes after weeks of television ads promoting the film.
“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,” Sony said in a statement. “We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”
Sony’s retraction came after major theater chains such as AMC and Regal announced that they wouldn’t show the film, forcing their hand. On Dec. 16, Sony Corp. hackers warned of an impending attack on theaters that showed the film, which depicts the assassination of the North Korean leader.
“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” Regal said in a statement on Dec. 17.
The Interview was set to release on Dec. 25. Merry Christmas, North Korea.