When I first heard about the plot of The Interview, I made a joke about how it would be kind of silly if World War III started in part because of a Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-un. And the film has caused an international incident. In recent days, Sony was hacked by "Guardians of the Peace," a supposedly North Korean hacking organization, which led to some truly embarrassing e-mails going public. But as the film's Christmas release date approaches, Guardians of the Peace's threats are getting more serious. This morning, they issued a statement warning Americans of terrorist actions at movie theaters showing the film. Here's the warning, which Bad Ass Digest's Devin Faraci ran through an internet translator:
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.
The Interview is premiering in New York City on Thursday. And Sony seems to be taking some of these threats seriously. Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr just reported that "Seth Rogen and James Franco have abruptly canceled their promotional tour for The Interview through the rest of the week." The actors were scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers this week.
What do you think of all this?