Sony Says Theaters Can Cancel ‘The Interview’ Over Hacker Threat Concerns


Sony isn’t yet cancelling the Christmas release of The Interview, but the embattled studio has given its blessing to concerned theater owners who choose to drop the controversial comedy.

“We’re leaving it up to the discretion of the theater owners and chains and we will support their decision,” a well-placed source at Sony confirmed to Deadline.

Hackers threatened moviegoers who see the Seth Rogen and James Franco film in a message Tuesday morning, prompting Sony and exhibitors to scramble into emergency discussions on how to handle the new risk to the public. The threat, issued along with a new data dump containing emails stolen from Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, specifically referenced The Interview for the first time since Sony’s crisis began on November 24.

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