Movie will be delayed or dropped in many theatres.
As part of the on-going controversy surrounding the Sony hack, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Cineplex, Carmike and AMC Entertainment will delay or drop “The Interview” from appearing in theatres. That accounts for the five largest chains, joining smaller chains Southern Theatres, B&B Theatres, ArcLight Cinemas, and Bow Tie Cinemas with the boycott.
Exhibitors are worried about possible legal liability in the event of violence. The Department of Homeland Security released a statement this week saying that there was no evidence of an active plot against movie theaters, but concerns still overruled. There is also concern that copy-cats could arise using the threats as a cover.
Anonymous hackers have claimed that if theatres show The Interview that there will be violence of some sort. The full statement was:
The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Tags: James Franco, Seth Rogen, sony hack, The Interview