Sony has had to cancel new flick ‘The Interview’, staring Seth Rogan and James Franco.
The comedy was set to be released in US theatres December 25 however it was feared it could spark tensions with North Korea.
Rogan and Franco play characters recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un (played by Randall Park)… however the video depicts the death of North Korea’s leader, and they’re apparently not too happy about it.
A letter was sent to the White House from North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs which read “If the US Government condones the screening of the film, they will have their consequences… Those criminals who mocked our leader… will be punished according to the law – wherever they hide on this globe”.
You may remember a few weeks ago Sony was at the centre of an email hacking scandal which saw private emails leaked from film Executives and Hollywood stars. Unconfirmed reports have indicated this has come from North Korea.
Sony commented on the matter “Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. 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.” Variety reported.