Back on November 24th, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked. All of the Sony Pictures information was stolen, including, but not limited to current and past employees Social Security Numbers, the amount actors and actresses were paid for a particular film. The hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment was due to the release of their movie titled The Interview.
The premise of the The Interview is that two individuals are assigned to kill the leader of North Korea, Kim Jung Un. The source of the hack has been rumored to be North Korea, due to movie being released. Today we learned that North Korea was indeed the source of the hacking. Subsequently, Sony Pictures has decided to pull The Interview for its December 25th release date. The statement from Sony Pictures is:
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers. Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.
While it is sad that Sony Pictures has to pull the movie, it is entirely understandable why Sony has chosen to do this. There have been some good responses by individuals on Twitter regarding Sony Pictures pulling the movie.