When Sony Pictures announced it would back out of its planned Christmas Day release of the film ‘The Interview’ amid terror threats, individual theaters were left with a decision to make regarding what to screen in its place. One cinema in Dallas scored big points among many social media users by opting to show a movie with a similarly critical message about North Korea – for free.
Anonymous hackers, suspected to have been based in North Korea, threatened to attack theaters that showed the new Seth Rogen comedy. The film stars Rogen and James Franco as interviewers sent on a secret mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. As Alamo Drafthouse confirmed, however, this is not the first major motion picture to target the communist nation and its dictator.
A decade ago, ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone took on the serious subject of terrorism with an irreverent movie starring a cast of marionettes. The Texas theater announced this week that it will be bringing back ‘Team America: World Police’ for a special viewing during the time slot initially dedicated to the premiere of ‘The Interview.’
FOR THE RECORD: We were still going to show #TheInterviewMovie…
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014
The announcement led to a lot of social media chatter, most of it supportive of the replacement.
— miss lisa g. french (@misslisagfrench) December 18, 2014
Some of the comments included recommendations based on gags from the movie…
@AlamoDFW You should seriously charge $1.05 for a ticket, ‘cause freedom costs a buck-o-five.
— Joe Keller (@jkeller87) December 18, 2014
Response to this theater’s post was hardly the only social media chatter to follow the terror threat and Sony’s subsequent decision to pull the film. Celebrities, journalists, and politicians from both sides of the aisle weighed in on what this developing story could mean to the entertainment industry and America in general.
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No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
We are all @Sethrogen
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 17, 2014