A few U.S. movie theatres planning to screen Team America: World Police in the wake of Sony’s cancellation of The Interview have reportedly been told it’s a no-go by Paramount Pictures.
Sony originally pulled next week’s planned release of satirical comedy The Interview, which features an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after a massive hacker attack and threats of terrorism against theatres showing the movie.
Several theatres in Ohio, Georgia and Texas planned to show Team America: World Police instead — a 2004 movie from the creators of South Park, featuring a singing parody of Kim Jong Un’s late father, Kim Jong Il, in puppet form.
But the theatres tweeted Thursday that the screenings will no longer be happening.
The film has been “pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures,” tweeted Plaza Atlanta theatre in Atlanta, Ga.
Tim League, founder of the Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, tweeted that the film would no longer be screened due to “circumstances beyond our control.”
The Dallas theatre’s ticket page for the Team America: World Police screening summed up their reasoning for wanting to show the movie.
“The world is different in 2014 than it was in 2004. Kim Jong Il is gone. I don’t know if Michael Moore is still around or not. But a lot of the brilliance in Team America is timeless. Acting is still the greatest gift any human being can possess, and it’s the only way to save America from the terrorists,” the page reads.
- With files from Toronto Star wire services