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    December 18, 2014

    SONY PULLS THE INTERVIEW OUT, FOX CANCELS PYONGYANG

    It seems that the fallout from the recent Sony’s hacking is not over yet – and it seems foolish to think that it will be over soon. With the group of hackers known as Guardians of Peace (GOP) (Ironic name if you ask me) hacking into the Sony Entertainment internal system late last month, for which five movies were leaked online, and plenty of juicy emails exchange gone online, including the future and fate of the Spider-man franchise and the whole screenplay of James Bond movie Spectre went online. It’s being said that the recent leak was only 0.2% of the total stuffs stolen.



    On December 16, GOP for the first time mentioned the controversial film The Interview for the first time since the hack, and threatened to take terrorist actions against its premiere, set for Dec. 25th. The message reads “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”

    In response to the threat, Sony Pictures has decided to cancel the screening and release of “The Interview”. The cancelation comes following major cinema chains were pulling the movie out of their cinemas, citing concerns over audiences’ safety. In a statement by Sony, it reads: “Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. 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. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

    A separate report from Variety reveals that Sony is considering a premium video on demand release for The Interview, to help recoup the film’s $42 million production budget Regarding of what will happen to this movie, its legacy and controversy will probably outlive the movie itself – apparently is already receiving mediocre reviews.


    On another development, Fox's New Regency has cancelled their upcoming planned North Korean-based darkly comedic thriller Pyongyang, which is scheduled to shoot early of next year, The Gore Verbinski-directed and Steve Carell starring movie, would have been based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle, and is described as “a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences working in North Korea for a year.”
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