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Update: Sony Cancels 'The Interview' Release, Abandons DVD and VOD

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 17, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 17, 2014 |

Update: After some speculated that Sony would release The Interview on VOD, Sony announced that it has “no further release plans for the film,” either in DVD or VOD, or in International markets.

Moreover, some are speculating this evening that the decision to pull the movie had less to do with the non-credible terrorist threats and more to do with money.

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After Cinemark dropped The Interview yesterday, and the two biggest theater chains, AMC and Regal, followed suit today, Sony has decided to cancel the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview on Christmas Day, according to Variety.

Sony released the following statement, in part:

“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,” the statement reads.

“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,” it continues. “We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”

So, uh, the terrorists won? That’s it? Game over? That sucks. A few (not credible) threats apparently now has the ability to get an entire movie shut down. But how they hell do you fight back against an unknown entity? Is this going to happen every time there’s a heavily politicized movie now?

Rob Lowe is not happy about it.

(Update: There have been preliminary discussions to release the film on VOD, according to Variety)

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