Sony is moving ahead with plans to debut The Interview on Dec. 25, but there might not be many theaters in your neighborhood actually playing it. Not long after the National Association of Theatre Owners released a statement today saying, “individual cinema operators may decide to delay exhibition of the movie so that our guests may enjoy a safe holiday movie season experiencing the many other exciting films we have to offer,” several of the biggest theater chains indicated that they would not be featuring the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un due to the terrorist threats made by the Guardians of Peace hackers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Cineplex theaters have followed the lead of the Carmike and Bow Tie chains and will not be screening The Interview. Sony declined to comment on the new development, but since those six theater chains are made up of more than 1,700 theaters in North America, it will be difficult for the studio to mount a significant theatrical release at this time.
“Due to the wavering support of the film The Interview by Sony Pictures, as well as the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats, Regal Entertainment Group has decided to delay the opening of the film in our theatres,” read Regal’s official statement. READ FULL STORY