“Team America: World Police” won’t strike a blow for freedom of speech after all.
Alamo Drafthouse defiantly replaced “The Interview” with a Dec. 27 screening of the 2004 satire after “The Interview” was yanked from screens over a terrorist threat. However, Paramount Pictures, the studio behind “Team America,” will not offer it for exhibition.
“We can confirm that the screening of ‘Team America’ was canceled as the film was pulled from release,” Alamo Drafthouse said in a statement. “We are issuing refunds to those that purchased tickets.”
It’s a sign that Hollywood may be wary of further stirring up the politically charged situation surrounding “The Interview.” The film centers on a television talking head who gets roped into a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Distributor Sony Pictures pulled the film from theaters after hackers released internal company documents and threatened to attack theaters that played the film and moviegoers. North Korea has been linked to the cyber-attack.
“Team America: World Police” is equally provocative. Kim Jong-il, the late North Korean dictator, is impaled on a Pickelhaube at the end of that picture, so it’s probably not a favorite in Pyongyang.
“Team America’s” cancellation comes after New Regency canceled production of a North Korea-set thriller that was set to star Steve Carell.