(WLNS) – Sony Pictures has canceled the release of The Interview movie.
The Interview was scheduled to come out on Christmas Day.
The move was made after hackers threatened terrorists attacks against anyone who saw The Interview.
Hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace on Tuesday threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
In a statement, Sony said it was canceling The Interview ”in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film.” The studio said it respected and shared in the exhibitors’ concerns.
“We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome,” said Sony.
Earlier Wednesday AMC Theatres and Cinemark Theatres dropped the film. In a statement, Regal Cinemas said it was delaying any showings of “The Interview” because of “the ambiguous nature of any real or perceived security threats.” Carmike Cinemas pulled its scheduled showing of the movie on Tuesday.
Sony did not immediately comment on the news Wednesday. On Tuesday, the studio told exhibitors that the company understood if exhibitors pulled the film in light of the threats.
Canada’s dominant theater chain, Cineplex also postponed the planned showings of the film.
Pat Marshall, a Cineplex spokeswoman, said Wednesday that “Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our No. 1 priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended.”