Cineplex will not show 'The Interview' in light of terrorist threats

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If you were hoping on seeing Seth Rogan and James Franco’s The Interview in theatres, you might have a hard time catching a screening. Major theatre chains, including Cineplex, have backed-out of showing the Vancouver-filmed movie in light of recent terrorist threats.

On Tuesday, December 16, popular industry publication Deadline posted a message from cyberterrorists invoking 9/11 and threatening attacks in theatres that show the controversial film about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opening Christmas Day.

The threatening message read:

Warning
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.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
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.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

In response, major chains such as Regal, AMC, Cinemark and Cineplex have opted to not screen The Interview in their theatres. The U.S. National Association of Theatres remarked Wednesday that “individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer.”

Today, Cineplex released a statement saying “Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our number one priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended.”

Cineplex owns 11 out of the 24 movie theatres in Vancouver, including Scotiabank Vancouver, SilverCity Metropolis and SilverCity Riverport, among many more. So far there has been no word from other film exhibitors in Metro Vancouver, such as Landmark, Hollywood 3 or Criterion, whether they will show The Interview or not.

The December 18 New York premiere of the Sony Pictures film has also been cancelled. Internationally, the success of the film is in question since Sony pulled it from Asian theatres.

 

Final trailer of “The Interview”

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