'The Interview' Release Canceled By Threat To Theaters: Celebs React To Sony Caving To Terrorists

Danny Cox

Sony has officially canceled the release of The Interview from Seth Rogen and James Franco due to hacker-terrorist threats made against major theater chains. The Christmas Day release of the film is no more, and Sony reportedly hit back at the hackers who threatened movie theaters and those that would go see the movie.

Variety stated that the threats to theaters, movie-goers, and the studio have been going on for weeks. Sony released a statement regarding the cancellation of The Interview.

"Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale -- all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like," the statement reads.

"We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014

— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014

— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014

Releasing The Interview online would not only get Sony past the madcap anger from celebrities, audiences, and others, but it would also be a slap in the face to the hackers. While The Interview likely won't go away entirely, Sony releasing it online right now would take all advantage away from those that got it cancelled.

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