Sony Pictures said Wednesday it would cancel the Dec. 25 release of its controversial comedy “The Interview.” The move came as four big movie theater chains decided not to play the movie following threats of terrorism.
The theater chains, including Regal Entertainment Group , AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Carmike Cinemas Inc., didn’t want to play the movie until the conclusion of federal authorities’ investigation into the three-week-old cyberattack on Sony Pictures and subsequent terrorist threats, said one person familiar with the matter.
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Together, the four chains control more than 18,000 of North America’s approximately 40,000 movie screens. Carmike, the fourth-largest U.S. theater chain with more than 2,000 screens, told Sony yesterday that it wouldn’t play the movie, according to people familiar with the matter..