Citing "a person with knowledge of the situation," the L.A. Times says that Sony is debating* whether to cancel The Interview's December 25 release.
Sony considering scratching plans to release "The Interview" on Dec. 25, says a person with knowledge of the situation. More details soon
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 17, 2014
Earlier today, the hackers behind Sony Picture's massive security breach issued a threat against movie theaters showing the upcoming Kim Jong-un assassination comedy, writing, "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."
The situation appears to be very fluid: Neither the National Organization of Theater Owners or the individual national theaters chains have yet publicly spoken about the situation. But according to some insiders, exhibitors are wary of becoming liable if they show the movie and any violence occurs.
UPDATE: A source has told the Hollywood Reporter that Carmike Cinemas will not be showing The Interview. Carmike operates 278 theaters, making it one of the largest movie theater chains in America.
*UPDATE 2: The L.A. Times' tweet is apparently in reference to today's meeting between Sony and theater owners and not some sort of larger cancelation on Sony's part.
UPDATE 3: According to Deadline, Landmark Theatres has canceled the New York premiere of The Interview, originally slated for Thursday with stars James Franco, Seth Rogen and Randall Park in attendance.
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