After hackers threatened the well-being of moviegoers who planned to watch The Interview on its Dec. 25 release date, Sony announced its decision to pull the film on Wednesday. The corporation also said it has no plans for a future release leaving many of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s peers stunned.
“Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America,” Ben Stiller tweeted Thursday.
Fellow comedian omedian Amy Schumer expressed similar sentiments, writing, “No bull**** though, this is seriously f**ked and it's such a sad day for free speech. Frightening.”
The cancellation comes shortly after movie theaters decided not to show the comedy, which features Franco and Rogen’s characters on a CIA mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The movie led to threats from hackers tied to North Korea who implied their actions against moviegoers would be similar to the attacks of 9/11.
Another issue that concerned many was the power the hackers demonstrated.
“Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers,” filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted.
Director and film producer Judd Apatow said, “I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?”
Politician Newt Gingrich took it a step further by tweeting, “No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.”
He also offered a solution: "Sony should release 'the Interview' online for free so North Koreans can't censor American creativity--should have Korean language version."
Watch the trailer below: