Apparently the “Hermit Kingdom” wasn’t kidding. Late last June North Korea threatened to consider the upcoming release of a major Hollywood motion picture “an act of war.” (See my post- titled same- of June 27th, 2014). The film, “The Interview,” is a comedy that stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as television journalists involved in a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Now, the Sony Company has been the victim of computer hackers believed to be controlled by North Korea. Recently a “shadowy group calling themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’ escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the 9/11 terrorist attacks” according to an article by the Associated Press.
The Department of Homeland Security, stated the article, said there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters,” but noted it was still analyzing messages from the group, dubbed the “GOP.” Of course.
Security fears spurred Sony to allow theater chains to cancel showings of the film, the focus of the hacker’s mission to bring down Sony. Carmike Cinemas, which operates 247 theaters across the country, was the first to cancel its planned showings of the film.
‘GOP’ also released 32,000 e-mails to and from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and other data files in what it called the beginning of a “Christmas gift.” The film was expected to hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. What a coincidence.
The rational response to this attack on Sony and the subsequent threats to American movie theaters nationwide would be to have every single movie theater in the country offer showings of the film 24 hours a day.
Or we could tell the North Korean government and its chubby little leader that the film will be considered a ‘documentary’ in the very near future.