Sony has officially canceled the Christmas Day cinematic release of The Interview and “has no further release plans for the film.” The move comes a day after the hackers, confirmed by US officials to be connected to the North Korean government, threatened an attack similar to 9/11.
The five biggest chains in the US had already decided to pull the movie in fear of an attack. Meanwhile, New Regency has canceled production of Pyongyang, a movie based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle. Steve Carrell was going to play an American living in the North Korean capital.
Sony has been forced to tell movie theaters they can pull The Interview if they decide to after the organization behind the recent hack delivered a warning that an event “similar to 9/11″ would take place. It is believed North Korean hackers were behind the cyber attack on Sony.
Carmike Cinemas has become the first chain to announce it will not show the movie when it’s released. However, Sony has said it will still release the movie on Christmas day, despite the threat. Chief Executive Michael Lynton told staff to “remain vigilant” and that Sony was “working closely with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.”
The hostage situation at a Lindt cafe in Sydney ended in the deaths of two hostages and the gunman, identified as Man Haron Monis. One of the innocent victims was the cafe manager, Tori Johnson, who was shot when he tried to wrestle the gun away from Monis. The other was Katrina Dawson, a barrister and mother of three.
Hostages began to escape after 2 AM, fleeing in small groups. When Monis noticed them escaping, he began to fire shots, which caused police to move in, throwing grenades and firing. Monis was killed, while a male police officer was shot in the face, but it expected to recover.