[UPDATE: In response to the mass cancelations by theaters, Sony has officially halted the film’s release. The language of the statement implies that it will come out eventually, but there’s no indication of when that might be.]
Well, I guess the lesson today is to threaten people’s lives and you’ll get your way. Reports are coming in that the four big boys of cinema, Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Cineplex, will not be showing The Interview at all on its December 25 release date after threats against theaters that do show it were made by the hacker group who has been causing Sony so much trouble. Evidently the chains are planning to ask Sony to delay the release.
It’s probably the right decision, but it sure as hell doesn’t feel like it. If anything did happen the theaters would be in serious trouble, but, man, if it doesn’t feel like the bad guys are winning here. Press screenings for the film have also been cancelled in multiple cities, though mine in DC has not as far as I know.
We’ll keep you updated as the story continues.