Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco are known for their outrageous (sometimes borderline inappropriate) comedy, so no one knew a satirical film starring the pair would cause so much controversy.
After Sony Corporation, the company behind the film The Interview, was hacked and then threatened with terrorism if they released the movie, they scrapped it, deciding to cancel the film’s release only days before it was scheduled.
After announcing the cancelation, there was a division of opinions on the decision with some saying it was the right thing to do for the security and safety of theaters, employees and guests while others, like President Barack Obama, insisted it was a mistake that gave the hackers the upper hand.
“We can not have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States, because if somebody is able to intimidate us out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing once they see a documentary they don’t like or news reports that they don’t like. That’s not who we are. That’s not what America’s about,” Obama stated.
Now Sony is retracting their outright dismissal of the film according to Sony lawyer David Boies when he appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday December 21.
“Sony only delayed this,” he stated. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.”
Meanwhile many believe the hackers and threats are coming from North Korea as it is their leader Kim Jong-un who is targeted for assassination in the film but North Korea has continuously denied having anything to do with the cyber attack and have even offered a joint investigation.
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