And this developing story has developed to its conclusion: Sony is canceling the release of The Interview as America's major theatrical chains folded like laundry under the threat of attacks - threats the Department of Homeland Security have called 'not credible.' Here's Sony's statement:
“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
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.”
This is one of the most insane moments in the history of cinema. We've never seen anything like it... but I'm worried we'll see it happen again. And again.
Will The Interview ever be released? I imagine in a few months everything will cool down and it could go straight to video. Sony is weighing a VOD release, but as I said earlier today the question is whether cable carriers will want to risk a hacking attack (far more likely than a physical attack).
This is such a bummer. We lost today.