Just one day after the hacker group Guardians of Peace (G.O.P.) threatened a 9/11 attack on movie theaters showing The Interview, Sony Pictures has announced today that they are pulling the comedy from theaters. This comes just hours after an unconfirmed report revealed that Sony is considering a premium VOD release for the comedy, after a majority of theater chains decided not to show the film, which was scheduled for release on Christmas Day. Take a look at the official statement from Sony Pictures below.
It remains to be seen whether or not Sony will move forward with the previously reported premium VOD plan, or if the studio will simply move the comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, to an unspecified date in 2015. Following the G.O.P.'s initial warning, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement that there was no credible evidence that an attack on U.S. movie theaters is happening. Still, later that day, Sony gave exhibitors the option of whether or not they wanted to release the movie in their theaters, with a number of exhibitors, including the top five theater chains in the country (Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment) announcing shortly thereafter they plan on either delaying the release or pulling the film altogether.