Welp, I guess this wasn’t just some crazy promo stunt after all. Over the span of the last few hours, several top movie theater chains—AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and other—decided they would not be showing The Interview due to terrorism threats, ABC reported that the Sony hack is believed to be the doing of “an elite cyber-security unit known as ‘Bureau 121′”, and now Sony has decided to pull the movie altogether.
So far, there are no plans to offer the movie via Video-on-Demand.
Perhaps it’s not such a huge loss, however, as the film currently has a “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have called The Interview “about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted.” Yikes.
As funny or unfunny as the movie may be, the hack itself is no laughing matter. While some of the emails uncovered may hold entertainment value (such as Sony’s emails worrying about the “desperately unfunny” movie), the hack extended to personal and medical information of Sony employees, making this a frightening breach of privacy.
As the investigation continues and Sony starts to deal with the fallout from this breach, you have to think that whoever is behind this has made some very powerful enemies along the way. Get your popcorn ready, because this show may just be getting started.