Plans to screen puppet comedy Team America: World Police in a defiant move to poke fun at cyber terrorists who have threatened to attack cinemas screening Seth Rogen’s new comedy The Interview have been scrapped.
Paramount Pictures bosses announced they would be screening the 2004 movie following the announcement that Sony’s Christmas Day release of The Interview had been canceled after leading cinema chains chose not to air the film due to threats on theaters and film-goers over the holidays, but they have since had a chance of heart.
Both film’s plots revolve around North Korea and specifically dictators Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.
Reports suggest the North Korean government is behind the Sony hacking scandal, which led to the threats and the cancellation of the studio’s new comedy.
Bosses at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Texas and the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, both of whom were planning to stage a screening of Team America: World Police in lieu of The Interview, have confirmed the event has been canceled.
You can read their tweeted statements below:
Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014
Breaking Plaza news : Team America World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures .
— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 18, 2014
Another theater in Cleveland, Ohio has also confirmed Paramount bosses have shut down the screenings.
Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW
— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014
Paramount has yet to comment on their reasons for pulling the film from cinemas, but I think we can all guess.
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures