The Facebook and Twitter pages for Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” — the satirical film at the center of North Korea’s alleged cyber-attack on the studio — were not accessible as of Saturday morning.
Via email, a Sony rep said that after the studio concluded it was not moving forward with the Christmas Day release date for the movie, “It was also then decided to work towards taking down respective promos and materials promoting the movie and the date in theaters.”
At last count, “The Interview” on Facebook had more than 366,000 followers, while the film’s Twitter account (@TheInterview) had 35,000 followers. The Twitter page for the Sony picture as of 9 a.m. Pacific time Saturday said “@TheInterview hasn’t tweeted yet,” indicating the account is inactive.
The developments come after a debilitating — and exhausting — four-week period for Sony Pictures. North Korea is responsible for the attack on the studio, the FBI announced Friday.
Sony Pictures this week said it was forced to pull “The Interview” from its scheduled Dec. 25 theatrical release, after chains canceled plans to release it in light of 9/11-style violence threatened by hackers. President Obama said during a Friday press conference that Sony Pictures made a “mistake” in dropping plans to release the movie, but also said the U.S. government would “respond proportionately… in a place and at a time of our choosing.”
On Saturday, the bizarre communist regime again claimed it wasn’t behind the attack. An unidentified North Korean spokesman said it wanted to work with the U.S. to investigate the incident while at the same time threatening “serious consequences” if the Americans did not comply.
“The Interview,” directed by Seth Rogen, stars Rogen and James Franco as inept journalists conscripted by the U.S. government to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
The attack on Sony Pictures has resulted in numerous leaks of internal documents and emails, along with at least five of the studio’s movies, and disabled SPE’s computers for at least a week.