Sony Pictures released another statement today assuring that they are actively trying to get The Interview released on “another platform,” putting all the blame on movie theaters for film being pulled.
Here’s the full statement from Sony:
Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.
The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.*
Let us be clear –– the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.
After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.
This statement follows two important details in this ongoing saga: 1) hackers thanking Sony for pulling the movie and threatening further retaliation if it leaks; and 2) President Obama saying Sony “made a mistake” by pulling The Interview.
And this all comes, by the way, just days after a Sony spokesperson said after pulling the release date, the company has “no further release plans for the film.”
*(A decision, by the way, Sony allowed them to make in the first place.)
[h/t Hashem Said]
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