The Interview is stirring up more controversy. Written and directed by Seth Rogen and his This Is the End partner Evan Goldberg, the film stars the comedian and James Franco as a talk show producer and his host tasked with assassinating the North Korean dictator in the guise of a sit down interview. Based on real-life ruler of North Korea Kim Jong-un, the dictator previously condemned the new comedy. Now, North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam has officially declared the comedy an act of terrorism against his country.
Ja Song Nam has taken this very serious complaint all the way to the United Nations, where he officially filed grievances towards both Hollywood and the filmmakers. North Korea sees the movie as a threat to the wellbeing of their country.
Here is the official statement:
To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent Head of a sovereign State should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.
At this time, it's unlikely that the United Nations will take any action against The Interview. Previous complaints have since gone unanswered with the movie still scheduled to come out as planned this fall with no changes to storyline whatsoever.
Stars Seth Rogen and James Franco don't seem worried about the complaints. They have continued to make jokes about Kim Jong-un, mostly regarding his negativity towards the comedy. Seth Rogen made this joke about the situation:
"People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it."
North Korea's complaints will likely get louder as the movie heads towards its North American release date. This is only giving the film free publicity, which Sony and Columbia Picturesm doesn't seem to mind at the moment.
Here is the official trailer: