After Sony pulled its Christmas premiere of “The Interview” amid hackers “9/11-style” threats, “Game of Thrones” author George R. R. Martin said he is in disbelief at the “corporate cowardice” and said he will gladly show it at his private theater in New Mexico.
The same day investigators decided North Korea was tied to the “Guardians of Peace” hack, the 66-year-old wrote on his LiveJournal late Wednesday night that he was astonished that the giant corporation is backing down from threats from North Korea.
“I mean, really? REALLY?? These gigantic corporations, most of which could buy North Korea with pocket change, are declining to show a film because Kim Jong-Un objects to being mocked?
The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me. It’s a good thing these guys weren’t around when Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR. If Kim Jong-Un scares them, Adolf Hitler would have had them shitting in their smallclothes.”
Sony canceled the premiere after hackers made threats towards those who went to see the film and the venues, in “paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers,” USA Today reports.
But, Martin said he would gladly show it at his.
“For what it’s worth, the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be glad to screen THE INTERVIEW (assuming that Sony does eventually release the film for theatrical exhibition, rather than streaming it or dumping it as a direct-to-DVD release), should it be made available to us. Come to Santa Fe, Seth, we’ll show your film for you.”
Here’s the trailer for the film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen that mocks North Korea’s dear leader. (RELATED: Sony Executives Mock Obama In Emails)