Sony hackers on Tuesday threatened cinemas in the US that were planning to screen the ‘The Interview’ with a 9/11 type of attack.
The James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy has been in the news for a while and the recent threat has further escalated the stakes with the movie gearing up for a weekend release. This will likely not occur, however, as the studio has removed any plans to release the film in any form whatsoever.
The hackers have conveyed a message which reads, “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.”
While the origins of the hackers still remain unknown, it is speculated that the attack was launched by North Korea. Slow Ventures reported that the film is said to depict an assassination attempt on the life of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
A New York premiere of the “Interview” which was set for Thursday has already been cancelled. Sony is also currently dealing with the issue of its computers being hacked by the group. The incident led to the release of several mails pertaining to film budgets, employee medical records, social security numbers and also the salary details of top Sony officials.