The group that's allegedly behind the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures is now threatening the upcoming NYC premiere of the James Franco-Seth Rogen film that apparently spurred the hack.
City News Service reports that the "threat, written in broken English, was posted on file-sharing services that have been used to circulate internal Sony emails stolen in the
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.
The film, The Interview, is about a TV news team who land an interview with Kim Jong-Un—and then get recruited by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader. It's believed the hack may be related to the film's controversial subject, because the Guardians of Peace have asked Sony to pull the film.
The movie will have a NYC premiere on Thursday and is being released on December 25. A giddy Rogen—he pointed out it's not illegal to carry a small amount of weed in NYC anymore—appeared on The Colbert Report last night to discuss the controversy:
We've contacted the NYPD to ask if they are increasing security around the premiere and the film's release in theaters; we'll update if we hear back.
Update: Franco and Rogen have cancelled all their media appearances for the film.