Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Has Not Hit Piracy Sites Yet

The Interview James Franco, Seth Rogen

After the devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, for now it appears that the film at the center of the imbroglio — “The Interview,” a spoof about the assassination of North Korea’s leader — has not made its way onto piracy sites.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no legitimate measurable copies of Sony’s “The Interview” on torrent sites, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. While Google searches currently surface what appear to be pirated copies of the picture, those are fakes that are likely riddled with spam and viruses, according to Excipio.

Previously, the hackers responsible for the Sony cyber-attack — who brought down the studio’s internal systems on Nov. 24, an outage that lasted for about a week — stole and uploaded to piracy websites at least five of the studio’s films, including Brad Pitt-starrer “Fury” and forthcoming release “Annie,” set to hit theaters on Friday, Dec. 19.

At least certain segments of “The Interview,” which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, appear to be floating around on the Internet. Gawker on Monday posted a 27-second clip, allegedly grabbed from the movie, showing the fiery death scene of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

On Wednesday, after a message issued by the Sony hackers threatening an attack on theaters exhibiting “The Interview,” major U.S. theater chains said they would drop or delay the release of the film, originally scheduled for Dec. 25 bow. Later in the day, perhaps as a result of the exhibitors’ pullback, Sony Pictures announced that it had canceled plans to release the film on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, the studio is considering releasing the film on premium video-on-demand in an attempt to recoup its $42 million budget, Variety reported. [UPDATE: Sony said it will not release “The Interview” in any form, including VOD or DVD.]

The fact that “The Interview” has not been shared on pirate sites in the wake of the hack — while other Sony titles were — lends credence to the theory that the North Korean government was behind the attack, given that the regime has expressed deep displeasure with the film.

The hacker threat of 9/11-style violence had previously prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the New York premiere of “The Interview” and other publicity events.

The latest developments come after Swedish law-enforcement authorities on Dec. 9 raided notorious piracy organization the Pirate Bay, shutting down its primary website in the country. Through Dec. 12, overall piracy levels of titles had not declined significantly, per Excipio.

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  1. some one says:

    Story was written DECEMBER 17, 2014 | 01:23PM PT

  2. eoin says:

    This is incorrect I watched it this morning

  3. Nestor Philips says:

    Release it on VOD, and use the money to find who posted this terror threat, inciting to “remember”.

  4. John Smith says:

    It is available via piracy you just need to know where to look. I’ve seen it on MP4 2 days before this article was written!

    • AlexUbel says:

      I know where to look and no its not available. Those files want you to download a codec (virus) to your computer. There is no legitimate copy of that movie online anywhere at the moment.

      Seth Rogan/James Franco need to pass their copies of the movie off to someone that is not afraid of the cyber terrorists to leak it. Or Sony could just sell it to someone with more balls than they have.

    • jamison says:

      It is not real.

  5. npa_ says:

    Looking forward to someone in America releasing a DVDscreener that was given to one of the critics. Let’s hope it gets leaked sooner rather than later.

  6. diyana says:

    i want to throw my money at this movie, but sony has cancelled all plans to release it officially. so, i guess having it leaked is better than the public not seeing it at all. i hate to think of the millions of dollars and time wasted, and james & seth not getting credit for their work, though.

  7. kim little says:

    they would be smart to RELEASE it in torrents and send a fuck you to little kim

  8. TheGuyWhoSaysTheThingHeSay says:

    The fact that “The Interview” has not been shared on pirate sites in the wake of the hack REALLY leads to the fact that this is an inside job by Sony. Wonderful propaganda to promote war with a country (ever seen Wag The Dog?), or a means to crack down on whatever content they so desire.

  9. Josh says:

    Spoilers!?

  10. Austin says:

    Let us know when it is available.

  11. Dave says:

    I was planning on supporting Sony and seeing this on XMAS day

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