When Sony Pictures canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview yesterday, several theaters across the country, including the famous Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, announced plans to screen the 2004 Paramount Pictures comedy Team America: World Police in its place. Today, the Drafthouse and other theater chains revealed on their official Twitter accounts that Paramount has canceled the screenings. No details were provided as to why Paramount decided to pull the plug on the handful of screenings.
The comedy, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, would have been a fitting replacement for The Interview, since they both depict North Korea in an unfavorable light. The Interview centers on Seth Rogen and James Franco's characters being tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park). Team America: World Police, on the other hand, featured the dictator's late father, Kim Jong-Il, voiced by Trey Parker.
Long suspected as being behind the massive hack at Sony Pictures, it was reported yesterday that the U.S. government found a link between the cyber-attack and North Korea, but it still isn't clear what that link may be. It was believed yesterday that the government would make an official statement regarding North Korea's involvement in the attack today, but no announcement has been scheduled. Sony Pictures' network was decimated by the attack, perpetrated by a group known as the Guardians of Peace, resulting in the leaks of company files, emails, and even upcoming Sony films such as Annie and Still Alice. After the hackers threatened a 9/11 type of attack on movie theaters showing The Interview, Sony pulled the movie from its December 25 release. Take a look at tweets from Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the Capitol Theater in Cleveland, Ohio and Plaza Atlanta.