Sony Entertainment may have pulled “The Interview” in wake of hacker threats, but at least one theater isn’t letting North Korea off the hook. The Alamo Drafthouse announced its plans to show “Team America: World Police” in its place at its Dallas/Forth Worth location.
“We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation,” creative manager and programmer James Wallace of the Richardson, Tex., theater explained to reporters.
The 2004 musical by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone features an all-puppet cast, with a puppet version of North Korea’s then-dictator Kim Jong Il as its foul-mouthed main villain.
On the movie theater’s officialÂ pageÂ for the event, the Alamo Drafthouse is promising to turn the movie into both a singalong and a quote-a-long:
“We’ll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to scream out ‘AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!’ at the top of your lungs. And yeah, we will have American flags, red white and blue streamers, balloons, and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win…well, that’s your prerogative.”
The plot of the picture, co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone,Â revolves around Kim JongÂ Il, the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The posters promoting the R-rated movie in 2004 included the tagline, “Putting the ‘F’ Back in Freedom.”
Earlier in the day, American officialsÂ announced that they have determined thatÂ the government of North Korea is linked toÂ the hack that left Sony Entertainment Pictures reeling and eventually prompted it to pull a movie critical of the countryâ€™s leader.
However, itâ€™s stillÂ unclear about the nature of North Koreaâ€™s involvement. The country, while lauding the hack against Sony, has previouslyÂ denied being behind it. There were conflicting reports a few days ago, and officials are expected to unveil their findings Thursday. But the U.S. official confirmed that intelligence authoritiesÂ have indeed determined North Korea was behind the hack, one of the worst cyberattacks ever against an American company.
The New York Times, citing senior Obama Administration officials,reportedÂ that intelligence officials have determined North Korea was â€ścentrally involved.â€ť NBC News, also citing unnamed U.S. officials,reported that the Americans believe the hacking came from outside North Korea itself, but that the hackers were acting on orders from Pyongyang.
â€śThe hack exposed reams of company data, including employeesâ€™ emails and salaries,â€ť Sony reports.
â€śWe are deeply saddened by 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,â€ť Sony said in a statement. â€śWe stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.â€ť
Sony came under immediate criticism for the decision to pull “The Interview” movie.