[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frsvWVEHowg?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=480]Variety reports that in light of major US theater chains’ decision to stay away from The Interview, Sony will not do a theatrical release for the film at all.
The company released the following statement after 2pm PDT on Wednesday:

In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. 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. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.

Sony’s action comes after the Hollywood Reporter reported the nation’s largest cinema chains (including Regal and Cinemark) decided not to screen The Interview following a terrorist threat on Tuesday from hackers who said moviegoers could face doom while watching the comedy.
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