'Team America: World Police' Theater Screenings Canceled
"Due to to circumstances beyond our control"
Sony's plans to release Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea comedy The Interview were scrapped on Wednesday. Now even Team America screenings have been shelved?
Multiple theaters have said that they have scrapped plans to screen Team America: World Police, which also depicts the authoritarian North Korea regime. The totalitarian government has been linked to the damaging cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that hit the studio in late November.
The Dallas/Fort Worth Alamo Drafthouse theater, The Plaza Atlanta Theater in Georgia and the Capital Theater in Ohio all have canceled screenings, according to statements posted on their Twitter accounts. Capital Theater, operated by Cleveland Cinemas, said in a tweet that the screening was "canceled by Paramount Pictures," the studio that distributed the 2004 Trey Parker and Matt Stone film.
Mike Furlinger, president at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, told The Hollywood Reporter that he had contacted Paramount on Wednesday to inquire about showing Team America after moviegoers asked online to play the film. On Thursday, he received notification from Paramount that the film was "out of service."
When contacted by THR, Paramount declined to comment. Sony canceled its Dec. 25 release plans for The Interview after five major U.S. theater circuits decide against showing the film after Sony hackers posted threats that invoked the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
"Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today," Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas/Fort Worth wrote on its Twitter account.
On Wednesday, the Alamo Drafthouse theater location made headlines for posting a note on its website and social media announcing a screening on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.
"We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," the Drafthouse's Dallas/Fort Worth manager James Wallace told THR on Wednesday about the screening. Wallace also stated that American flags would be given out at the screening.
The Drafthouse did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Dec. 18, 2:00 p.m. Updated with Paramount declining to comment