“The Interview” has opened in several New York City theaters to enthusiastic crowds as interested in the world drama the film produced as anything on the screen.
The film was originally set to debut in roughly 3,000 theaters. It will now open in just over 200. Sony pulled the plug on a nationwide release after hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” threatened 9/11-style attacks.
Hollywood is on high alert as the Sony cyberattack by North Korea continues to reverberate worldwide.
The cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led to the studio calling off the release of the comedy movie “The Interview” originated in North Korea and was routed through servers in other countries, sources said Thursday.
The hacker group calling themselves Guardians of Peace threatened moviegoers Tuesday and theaters showing the movie with violence reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The group also released a trove of data files: what they called the beginning of a “Christmas gift.” But GOP, as the group is known, included a message warning that people should stay away from places where “The Interview” will be shown, including the upcoming premiere. Referencing 9/11, it urged people to leave their homes if located near theaters showing the film.
Sony spokeswoman Mami Imada said Tuesday the plant closure in New Jersey was due to declining CD sales as more people opt to buy music digitally.