Now that the FBI has confirmed North Korea responsible for the Sony Pictures hack, two days after the studio canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the hacker group G.O.P. reportedly sent out two conflicting messages to Sony. The first message, which was sent to Sony executives last night and obtained by CNN, revealed that The Interview can never be released in any way, shape or form, while the other, which was found by Arts Technica on PasteBin, states that the film can now be released, if Kim Jong-Un's death scene is cut from the film. Here's the first message that was sent to Sony's Amy Pascal, Michael Lynton and others last night.
"It's very wise that you have made a decision to cancel the release of The Interview. It will be very useful for you. We ensure the security of your data, unless you make additional trouble. Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy. And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately."
Sony Pictures announced shortly after they canceled The Interview's release that they have no future plans to release the comedy, which centers on a TV journalist (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) recruited to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park). A new promo for the comedy was uploaded to Sony's official YouTube channel yesterday, fueling speculation that it may still be released, but the video was later taken down.
The second message, which claims to be from the G.O.P., states that The Interview may now be released, only if the studio cuts Kim Jong-Un's death scene, which had leaked online yesterday. It isn't known if this contradicting message is actually from the G.O.P. or just an impostor, but you can take a look at the statement below, which once again warns of a 9/11 attack, similar to the message that spawned The Interview's cancellation.
"This is GOP. You have suffered through enough threats. The Interview may release now. But be careful. September 11 may happen again if you don't comply with the rules: Rule #1: no death scene of Kim Jong Un being too happy; Rule #2: do not test us again ; Rule #3: if you make anything else, we will be here ready to fight."
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