Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it has canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview," due to a terror threat against theaters showing the movie.
I hope to see Sony Pictures release the movie online, as I would be willing to pay a few bucks to download - or stream - the film. Let's face it: The damage has already been done to Sony, as the company is struggling to recover from the high-profile data breach, with information continually leaked online. Whether or not they pull the movie permanently, the cybercriminals behind the attack aren't going to suddenly stop, apologize, and promise to not leak additional information in the future.
Here is what Sony said in a statement: "We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
Is it in bad taste to make a movie that features the assassination of a current foreign leader? Maybe. I don't honestly care one way or the other - I am just a fan of Seth Rogen and James Franco, and I wanted to see the movie.
Regal noted this: "Due to the wavering support of the film 'The Interview' by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film."
The hackers - and North Korea - won this round.