On principle, Sony was not going to cancel the premiere, but Landmark made the call according to a source.
The premiere cancelation is the latest development following a Nov. 24 cyberattack on Sony. On Tuesday, hackers released additional data, invoking the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in an email to reporters.
“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made,” the message from the hackers read in part. “The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”
Sony discussed the situation with theater owners Tuesday, telling those that had booked The Interview that though it would move forward with the film’s release, exhibitors were free to decide not to show the film if they chose. On Tuesday evening, Carmike Cinemas decided to cancel its screenings of the film.
Also on Tuesday, The Department of Homeland Security said it found no evidence that there was an active plot targeting movie theaters in the United States.
The Interview, which centers on a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had a premiere in Los Angeles last week.
Tatiana Siegel contributed to this report.