Well… that escalated quickly! Amidst a public relations blizzard brought on by the release of hundreds of hacked emails and the potential threats of attacks in theaters showing The Interview, Sony Pictures has decided to shelve their political action comedy.
In case you’re unfamiliar with The Interview, it is a movie about a farcical plot to kill the leader of North Korea. I wonder why they’re upset?
“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release,” it said.
Before getting pulled, I was lukewarm on seeing The Interview. I’m sure it would have been funny, but I’ve seen Seth Rogen and James Franco movies before. I knew what I was going to get. But now? This movie is a must see. It’s sending out international shockwaves! Look at the front page of CNN.com! Sure this is in the context of North Korea’s cyberbullying capabilities but whatever!
Eventually this movie will make it’s way to theaters and when it does, it’s going to dominate the box office. But until then, let’s focus on a movie that is currently in theaters… the final chapter of The Hobbit.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies hit theaters this week and is billed as the final chapter of the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Saga. An undeniably talented cast lead by Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, and Benedict Cumberbatch has already generated $122M internationally. It’s going to be a mega-hit.
What’s It About: Bilbo Baggins and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.
Judge For Yourself: