The Sony hackers force Sony’s hand

In light of the threats of terror that have come from Sony hackers intent on thwarting Sony’s release of the new Seth Rogen and James Franco movie–which will depict the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un–have momentarily won their battle against American cinemas. Yesterday, reports surfaced that those looking to see the film following its Christmas release should be weary of 9/11-style attacks, prompting several major theater chains, including Regal and Cinemax to pull The Interview from it’s release schedule. Apparently, so many chains decided to shut down The Interview operations, Sony’s hand was forced, and the movie will not release on Christmas.

Sony released this statement earlier today:

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.