James Franco and Seth Rogan Cancel Press Tour After ‘Interview’ 9/11 Threat
The hacker group, which calls itself The Guardians of Peace, have launched an on-going cyber attack against Sony that started on Nov. 24. However, the attack escalated to new levels when the group threatened a 9/11-like attack on any theaters who show The Interview.
The hackers’ message reads:
We will clearly show it 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.
After the statement was released, Rogen and Franco decided to withdraw from previously scheduled press appearances, including Late Night with Seth Meyers and an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, all of which were leading up to the film’s release on Christmas Day.
However, they are still scheduled to appear at Thursday’s New York special screening at Sunshine Cinema, though the New York Post says it has already been substantially scaled down.
Meanwhile, there are suspicions that North Korea is behind the attack due to the nature of The Interview’s plot, in which Rogen and Franco play characters on a mission to assassinate Kim Jong-un. North Korea denies involvement, but still calls that act a “righteous deed.”
[Update 12/17/14 9:30 a.m. EST: A spokesperson for the Landmark Sunshine has confirmed late Tuesday night that Thursday’s New York premiere has been officially canceled]