Well, things with the “Guardians of Peace” hackers seem to be taking a nasty turn. Contrary to their moniker, the GoP have made what sounds like a real threat against theater goers who attend The Interview, likely setting in motion a whirlwind of government agencies. We might like to presume these people are merely trying to keep away audiences, but since the hackers are doing a fine job of systematically bringing down a huge entertainment company (including on the stock market), people seem to be taking this threat seriously.
Here’s the “Christmas gift” message (received along with newly released documents) the GoP released today:
“We will clearly show it [our Christmas gift] 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.”
If Seth Rogen didn’t think his film was controversial enough to set off the hacking, I’d love to hear what he’s saying now. As of late this afternoon, despite a Homeland Security official’s statement that “at this time,” there isn’t evidence of a credible threat, Rogen and James Franco have canceled all their upcoming press appearances — including the late night circuit. (The LAPD is taking “extra precautions.”) Look, we all know you can’t give in to terrorists (I’m talking to you, Homeland’s Lockhart), but at this point, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go VOD.
Update: Following requests for beefed up security, Sony sent word to theater owners that they should pull The Interview if they want to.