Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea, Cancels NYC “Interview” Premiere

Dec 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM ET

Four weeks have passed since the Sony Entertainment Pictures hack first started, and things continue to get worse and worse for the entertainment conglomerate. If this hack truly is a case of North Korea versus Sony, then it looks like the tiny, renegade nation is winning.

On Tuesday, under the name “Guardians of the Peace,” the alleged Sony hackers threatened moviegoers planning to see the New York premiere of The Interview, the controversial film at the center of the hack that depicts an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In the wake of the threat, Landmark, the chain that was set to host the New York premiere of the film Thursday, canceled the event. Sony still intends to release the film as planned but has said theaters can choose not to show the film if they so wish.

The threat—posted to the site Pastebin—referenced the Sept. 11 attacks and issued an ominous warning, reading:

“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. All the world will denounce SONY.”

On Tuesday, stars James Franco and Seth Rogen both pulled out of media appearances scheduled in the ramp up to the film’s release. The Department of Homeland Security said there was “no credible threat to indicate an active plot against movie theaters,” but that the agency is investigating the threats, reported the Associated Press.

Prior to the threat, the Guardians of the Peace released a barrage of embarrassing Sony emails and confidential information such as social security numbers and employee salaries. Two former employees have since brought lawsuits against the company, claiming that Sony did not do enough to protect their personal information.

Frankly, the only awesome thing to come from the hack is the amazing email Channing Tatum sent to his 22 Jump Street co-stars that taught us all an important lesson about just how cool Tatum is.