Battered by Hackers, Sony Sucuumbs to Blackmail, Scraps ‘The Interview’ Release for Now

Blackmailed by hackers, Sony Pictures Entertainment has officially pulled the plug on the Christmas release of its much-awaited film “The Interview”, upsetting Charles Chun, who plays General Jong in the movie.

“I cannot speak for everyone, but my sense is that we made a great film, we had so much fun doing it, audiences loved it at the preview and it is very disappointing that audiences who we made the film for are not going to be able to enjoy it the way it was intended,” quoted Chun as saying.

Sony’s statement comes close on the heels of the blackmail via hacking its backups and revealing the identities of scores of its employees and scripts since the beginning of December when the news of the film based on the ruler of Kim Jong-un was revealed.

“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,” said Sony in its statement.

On Wednesday, Sony bosses confirmed that there are no plans to release the film for now, giving tirumph to North Korean hackers or supporters to stall the film’s release.

“I feel like this is North Korea’s fear intimidating our freedom and I hope we as an entertainment community and as a free society learn the lessons to really protect our free way of life so that we are not intimidated again,” Chun said.

“The Interview” is based on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who is known for his eccentric killings and elimination of possible rivals in his effort to keep a tight grip on the nation’s secluded political system.(IANS)

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