Metro Theaters Respond To Sony Pulling "The Interview" Movie

Wednesday, December 17th 2014, 6:23 pm

Late Wednesday afternoon Sony pictures announced they will not release the upcoming comedy "The Interview".

This comes after a hacker group threatened moviegoers causing several theatres, including many in Oklahoma, to not show the film.

Wednesday afternoon AMC theatres announced they will not show the movie citing the terrorist threats. AMC has theaters at Quail Springs Mall as well as Penn Square and Crossroads Mall. AMC was the second major chain with theaters in Oklahoma to cancel showings of the movie.

Carmike Theaters with properties in Ardmore, Cushing, Stillwater, Duncan, Lawton, Ponca City, Shawnee and Muskogee pulled out of showing the film Tuesday.

“The Interview” is a comedy about journalists who are asked by the CIA to kill the leader of North Korea. But Hackers, apparently upset about the movie, have launched a week long attack on Sony pictures, releasing embarrassing emails and top secret scripts.

Now, the group that calls themselves the "Guardians of Peace" warned "the world will be full of fear, remember the 11th of September 2001."

“I think they kind of need to think things over, even in the future, about how they're going to make these movies with what's going on in the world today,” said Maxcine Thomas who lives right behind Tinsel Town.

The hackers also warned anyone "If your house is nearby, you'd better leave." The film was supposed to open on Christmas Day.

“I know we're close but I'm going to stay home and enjoy my holiday,” said Maxcine Wednesday afternoon before Sony made the decision not to release the film. “I'm not going to let that deter me from enjoying what I plan to do.”

But now, Maxcine won't have to worry. After canceling the New York premier of the movie, the films stars pulled out of all scheduled public appearances. And then late Wednesday Sony closed the curtain on the film.

In a statement, Sony said it was cancelling "The Interview" "in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film." The studio said it respected and shared in the exhibitors' concerns. "We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome,"