‘The Interview’ Disappears From Social Media and YouTube Like It Never Existed
We’ve been watching the drama surrounding ‘The Interview’ unfold for weeks now, and today brings yet another update to this bizarre and disappointing series of events. Following messages from the hacker terrorist group thanking Sony for canceling the release of the film and instructing them to remove all traces of the film’s existence from the Internet, Sony appears to have begun that process. The studio has now deleted its accounts for ‘The Interview’ on Facebook and Twitter, and removed the promo and clips from the official YouTube page.
As Variety reports, Sony has deleted both the Facebook and Twitter pages for ‘The Interview,’ following a threatening message from the hackers responsible for leaking the studio’s private documents. The studio has also removed a promo and all clips from the film on the official YouTube page.
Previously, Sony canceled the Christmas Day release of the film when many theater owners declined to screen ‘The Interview,’ although many smaller and independent chains were still willing to present the film. President Obama delivered a speech, in which he said he felt that the studio made a mistake in canceling the release and caving to terrorist demands. Sony responded with their own official message, in which they stated that without support from theater owners, they felt they had no choice but to shelve the film.
Sony also said that they had no plans to release the film on VOD or DVD/Blu-ray, although a source revealed to BuzzFeed that “there are ‘no discussions at this time’ about what to do with the movie, but that does not preclude the possibility that there could be discussions at a later date.”
Meanwhile, according to CBS News, North Korea has denied its involvement in the attack and terrorist threats, and has extended an invitation to work alongside the U.S. in its investigation. According to a statement released by a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, the U.S. will suffer “serious consequences” if the government does not cooperate with North Korea. In the statement, the unidentified official said, “The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with” North Korea.
As of now, the most recent statement from Sony points toward optimism for the eventual release of ‘The Interview,’ as the studio revealed that it has been looking into alternative release strategies. Sony added, “It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.” But now that they’ve removed promotional materials from the Internet and taken the clips down from YouTube, we’re not so sure.