If you thought the scandal revolving around Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Interview, and North Korea was over, think again. There’s still plenty of revelations coming from the hack that brought down Sony Pictures Entertainment and almost stopped the release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy.
This time, it’s Dennis Rodman weighing in. According to Rodman, he was contacted by representatives of Rogen, who co-directed the Sony Pictures film. Rodman believes Sony reps contacted him to serve as a consultant for the film, which centers around an attempt to assassinate North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un. The offer came just as Rodman was preparing for his trip to North Korea and the highly publicized exhibition basketball game. By the time Rodman’s representatives contacted Sony and Rogen’s reps, he was told that The Interview was already in post-production.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Rodman was not at all amused by the depiction of Kim Jung-un in The Interview, or by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s decision to release the film. Despite what the FBI has determined, Rodman doesn’t believe North Korea was behind the crippling hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems.
“If the North wanted to hack anything in the world, anything in the world, really, they are going to go hack a movie? Really?! How many movies have there been attacking North Korea? And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can’t see that happening. Of all the companies … really? Over a movie?!”
Unfortunately for Rodman and others who doubt that North Korea was behind the vicious hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer systems, there is a very good reason why the FBI pointed the finger at North Korea. According to the New York Times, the N.S.A breached North Korea’s cyber network in 2010. The information they gathered is what led to the Obama Administration to name North Korea as the source of the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.
Just how bad was the hack that was launched against Sony Pictures Entertainment? So bad that Sony still has not rebuilt their IT infrastructure. Reports recently emerged that Sony doesn’t expect their IT infrastructure, which includes financial and accounting programs, to be restored until early February 2015.
The Interview has grossed around $46 million for Sony Pictures Entertainment since its simultaneous video-on-demand platform and limited theatrical release. Exactly how much money Sony made or lost on The Interview is difficult to tell, because of the damaged financial infrastructure.