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Carmike Cinemas has decided not to show Sony’s comedy The Interview, a source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Carmike’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ga. and operates 278 theaters and 2,917 screens in 41 states.
Sony is moving forward with plans to release the film, and earlier in the day told exhibitors who had booked The Interview that they were free to not show the film.
The news comes on the heels of the latest threat from the hacker group, who call themselves Guardians of Peace. The group, which has released tens of thousands of Sony employees’ private emails and files, seemed to make its first threat towards theaters in the newest note. The letter mentioned The Interview, the Seth Rogen and James Franco-starring comedy that centers on an assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader, and promised more files would be released as “a Christmas gift” if the film hit theaters as scheduled.
“We will clearly show [the remainder of the Christmas gift] to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” it read.
The note then mentioned the September 11, 2001, attacks, and stated that the “world would be full of fear.”
“Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. 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.)”
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