NEW: Portland Filmmaker: Sony Gives Into Tyranny of Internet Hackers
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A Portland screening Dec. 18 was cancelled Wednesday.
The show, from comedy powerhouses Seth Rogen and James Franco, centers around a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Over a terrabyte worth of Sony emails (just under 80 iPhone 6’s worth of data) leaked by anonymous hackers generated buzz in the lead-up to screenings country wide.
Leak emphasized the plot is a comedy, “not like somebody is trying to communicate their honest feelings.”
“For us as movie makers its unfortunate that an anonymous person can halt the screening of a film,” he said.
He said a corporate entity should not view the threats as a real danger to the public.
“Personally if I was the producer of this film, I would stick it up on VOD (video on demand),” he said. Still, Leake is urging consumers not to bootleg the film.
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Read Sony's full statement here: