Outraged by what he calls “a stunning display of corporate cowardice”, George R.R. Martin complained on his blog that “Regal, AMC, and every other major theatre chain in the United States have cancelled their plans to show the new Seth Rogen/ James Franco comedy The Interview, because of – yes, seriously, this is not a South Park sketch (though I expect it soon will be) – threats from North Korea.”
He scoffed, “It’s a good thing these guys weren’t around when Charlie Chaplin made The Great Dictator. If Kim Jong-Un scares them, Adolf Hitler would have had them shitting in their smallclothes.”
Martin, owner of the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, NM said thousands of small independent theaters around the country would be glad to screen The Interview and offered his theater as a venue.
Regardless of how good the movie may be, said Martin, “it astonishes me that a major Hollywood film could be killed before release by threats from a foreign power and anonymous hackers.”
[Via Tom Galloway.]