Carmike Cinemas drops THE INTERVIEW after new threats


Sony Pictures tells theater owners they don’t have to show the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy after new threats from hacker group




Sony Pictures sent a message to its exhibitors – the studio said it would understand if they chose not to show their Christmas Day comedy THE INTERVIEW after the latest rounds of threats by a hacker group. More from the Hollywood Reporter

The latest anonymous email from the hackers, issued Tuesday, appeared to threaten violence against public screenings of the movie. Citing 9/11, the hackers issued a warning and said, “We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.” While the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it has found no evidence of an active plot against movie theaters in the U.S., the threat has raised concerns among exhibitors and other studios.

Following up on that, Georgia-based theater chain Carmike Cinemas has said they will not be showing THE INTERVIEW. They operate 271 theaters in 41 states.

There has been a lot of reaction to this latest threat, particularly Carmike’s decision not to show the film. Here’s a roundup…

For now, Carmike is the only theater chain who has pledged not to show the film. We’ll keep you posted if that changes.

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