In the wake of Sony's decision to pull the movie The Interview from release, one Texas theater is replacing its screening of the comedy about a plot to kill a North Korean leader with a different comedy about a plot to kill a North Korean leader.
FOR THE RECORD: We were still going to show #TheInterviewMovie…— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014
The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas plans to show Team America: World Police at 7 p.m. on Dec. 27, according to the site. Team America, which was released in 2004 and was co-written by the team behind South Park, is a marionette comedy about an American paramilitary group trying to save the world from terrorists financed by then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
Last night, Sony Pictures announced that it was canceling the theatrical release of The Interview.
The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, was condemned by North Korea because it features a plot to kill current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il's son. The decision to pull the film comes after a month-long release of information stolen by unknown hackers from Sony Pictures and a threat evoking 9/11 earlier this week by the same hackers that the group would attack theaters showing the film. Theaters around the country responded to that threat by saying they wouldn't show the film.
"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers," according to a Sony Pictures statement posted by CNN's Brian Stelter on Twitter.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported that U.S. officials have concluded that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacker attack.
To read why a movie has become such a flashpoint for North Korea and most likely led to an attack on Sony, check out my column on movies, video games and the alleged "soft war" against America's enemies.