Bad situation gets worse.
The biggest news in Hollywood over the past few days has been the hacking of Sony Pictures’ emails and other web based content. Private conversations between employees of the film company were shared with the public, exposing some vitriol towards comedian Kevin Hart as well as a possible Kanye West film, amongst other things. Sony executives have embarrassingly issued apologies for their statements which were thought to be private.
The uproar is in response to the forthcoming Seth Rogan and James Franco film, The Interview, which is set for release on Christmas Day. The movie is satirical comedy about the assassination of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The hackers, who are seemingly working on behalf of Jung-un, have gone to great lengths to stop the release of the film, which is distributed by Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The plot further thickens as the hackers have now threatened the U.S. with violence. In a note posted on Pastebin, a text-sharing website, the group made direct threats to movie goers if ‘The Interview’ is released to theaters as planned, invoking 9/11 in their message. The FBI issued a statement to the Huffington Post, saying that they have been made aware of the current threats and are investigating the matter.
“The FBI continues to work collaboratively with our partners to investigate the Sony attack,” Jennifer Shearer, a representative for the FBI, told HuffPost.
See the full message below.
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.
Stars of the film, Rogan and Franco, have cancelled press events for the next for days which were intended to promote the film, while some theaters are considering pulling the film due to the threats.
— Joe Bel Bruno (@JoeBelBruno) December 16, 2014