Paramount Bans ‘Team America’ Screenings in Wake of ‘The Interview’ ControversyMatt Singer |
I know one reaction I’ve had to the (allegedly) North Korean hackers and their attack on Sony and their movie ‘The Interview’ is “Why now?” Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are not the first American filmmakers to make fun of North Korea, or even its real-life leaders. ‘Team America: World Police,’ for example, featured a marionette-version of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, who wants to destroy Western Civilization (but is also very lonely); the 2012 ‘Red Dawn’ remake actually changed its Asian invaders from Chinese to North Koreans in post-production because at the time that seemed like the more politically and financially safe choice. That’s not going to happen again anytime soon.
‘The Interview’’s theatrical release is now cancelled. (VOD is out as well.) A couple of theaters had planned to show ‘Team America’ in its place as a sort of replacement-slash-protest—but as this story continues to spiral out of control, those plans have now been squashed as well. Three different exhibitors tweeted today that they’d been told that “all future screenings” of ‘Team America’ were “cancelled” by distributor Paramount. First, from the Plaza Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia:
Breaking Plaza news : Team America World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures .
— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 18, 2014
And from the Capitol Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio:
And the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas, Texas:
Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014
The hysteria is officially reaching insane proportions. ‘Team America’ is ten years old. It’s not even about the same North Korean dictator as ‘The Interview’! Is it possible Kim Jong-un just heard about it now? Love or hate ‘Team America’ or Seth Rogen, there’s no question this is an increasingly dire example of self-censorship. What’s next? ‘Team America’ is still available on Amazon (and to stream on Netflix), but for how long? Quick everyone! Buy every copy you can of the terrible ‘Red Dawn’ remake before MGM yanks it!