Industry website Deadline Hollywood reported Wednesday that New Regency, a Fox-owned studio, had backed away from the film because Fox “declined to distribute it,” according to an unnamed spokesperson.?
Production was set to begin in March.
Carell hasn’t directly commented on the decision, but the actor and star of the new movie Foxcatcher seemed to express his frustration in a Twitter message Wednesday, writing “sad day for creative expression, #feareatsthesoul.”
Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul
A spokesperson told Ioanna Roumeliotis of CBC News that the cinemas aren’t sure whether the decision will be reversed.
“After careful consideration of this unprecedented and complex situation, Cineplex Entertainment will postpone presentation of the Sony Pictures movie, The Interview,” said Par Marshall, Cineplex’s vice-president of communications and investor relations.
“Cineplex takes seriously its commitment to the freedom of artistic expression, but we want to reassure our guests and staff that their safety and security is our No. 1 priority. We look forward to a time when this situation is resolved and those responsible are apprehended.”
U.S. investigators believe there is a connection between the Sony hack and the isolated communist nation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case.
“This attack went to the heart and core of Sony’s business and succeeded,” she said. “We haven’t seen any attack like this in the annals of U.S. breach history.”
Mark Rasch, a former cybercrimes prosecutor in the U.S. who now works in cybersecurity, told CBC’s Andrew Nichols that there are a number of links that point back to North Korea beyond the subject matter of the film, such as internet protocol addresses and internet chatter. But he noted that another hacking group could have planted these signals to point back to the hermit state.
“The hard part is, it’s really going to affect decisions about risk within Sony and other companies,” he said of the hack. “And it should — companies need to take these kinds of threats seriously and make risk decisions not just based upon a checklist in cybersecurity.”
Industry analysts predict the breach could cost Sony an estimated $ 170 million to $ 210 million US in lost revenues, proprietary information and potential lawsuits from employees whose data were disclosed.