Yesterday, Sony decided to pull its comedic film, The Interview, from theaters after receiving serious threats referencing 9/11 from hackers.
The film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about a plot to assassinate a North Korean leader.
Now, a Texas theater is making a statement, by replacing showings of The Interview with another comedic film about a plot to assassinate a North Korean leader, Team America: World Police.
FOR THE RECORD: We were still going to show #TheInterviewMovie...
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014
...but now we'll be showing TEAM AMERICA in it's place...for FREE(DOM). Because AMERICA, F YEAH. http://t.co/7A7p6ApIIE pic.twitter.com/U3EEqQU1Px — Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014
The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas will show Team America on 7 p.m. on Dec. 27. The 2004 film, written by the creators of South Park, is a movie featuring puppets about an American military group taking on terrorists funded by the North Korean leader at the time, Kim Jong-il.
In comparison, the plot of The Interview centers around a plot to kill the current North Korean leader, Jong-Il's son, Kim Jong-un. After a month-long ordeal with hackers, Sony decided to pull the film after hackers threatened to attack theaters showing the film. After many U.S. theaters pulled the film from their schedules, Sony agreed to keep the film unreleased.
"Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and morale, all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like," writes Sony in a statement. "We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees and the American public."
Sony also stated that they stood by their filmmakers, but many disagree with their decision to pull The Interview, including The Alamo Drafthouse.
U.S. government officials now believe that the North Korean government was behind the hacking attack on Sony.
Update: Paramount Pictures later announced a ban on showings of 'Team America: World Police," which resulted in The Alamo Drafthouse canceling its plans to air the film.
[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]