Sony Entertainment cancelled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” on Wednesday after threats from hackers caused some of the nation’s largest movie chains to back out of screening the film.
Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment backed out on Wednesday, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.
Regal cited “wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats,” in a statement to the paper.
Later Wednesday, Sony Entertainment announced it would be cancelling the movie’s Dec. 25 release, CNN reported.
#BREAKING Sony deciding not to move forward with planned Dec. 25th release of “The Interview” after majority of theatre chains pull the plug
— Pamela Brown (@PamelaBrownCNN) December 17, 2014
The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, contains a plotline mocking North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and includes a scene depicting his assassination. The scene was published by Gawker on Monday.
The hackers, who call themselves Guardians of the Peace, breached Sony’s servers on Nov. 24th and leaked emails, film budgets, employee salaries and personal information.
They issued a grandiose threat on Tuesday, warning of a massive terror attack brought on by “the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”
“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear,” their statement read.
“Remember the 11th of September 2001,” it continued. “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”
It has not been verified that Guardians of the Peace are acting on behalf of North Korea, though the country has praised the Sony hack.
This post has been updated.
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