Late last year, Sony was preparing to release The Interview: a controversial film that starred James Franco and Seth Rogen as the host and producer of an edgy late night “news” program that gets invited to North Korea, to interview the country’s dictator Kim Jong-un. Since that dictator exists in real life, and the nation that houses him is mired within a deep personality cult extending to Kim’s grandfather, the word of the film’s existence seemed to incense the North Korean people, but Sony planned on releasing the film anyways.
Then, a great deal of troubling events occurred. Sony endured a devastating cyber security attack, which was quickly followed by a series of potent confidential film-related news items being released to the public, as well as demands from the criminals who attacked the company, which were folded into threats against the American public leading speculation toward the conclusion of the North Korean state’s involvement. In response to the threat of domestic terrorism, Sony would end up canceling the film’s theatrical release. This drew a series of very strong reactions, and less than a week later it was announced that the film would see a “limited” theatrical release. Ultimately, the film was released theatrically on a limited level, and was also released for electronic rental right around last Christmas, and ultimately hit Netflix, where it resides today. All of this wasn’t without its costs, though, the biggest of which likely being Amy Pascal stepping down from her leadership position at Sony Pictures.
That whole story seems like a potent area for a documentarian to go, and now that’s exactly what will take place. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the husband-wife team of Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer — who were both nominated for an Oscar for their Netflix exclusive documentary The Square — will be diving into the story of the studio’s cyber security breach. According to the report, the film is expected to “drop new bombshells,” bringing out even more revelations in the wider story than were even brought to light as it was happening. Much of this is said to revolve around who the culprits behind the attack actually were, and will likely explore some different theories about that, including the idea that some analysts have put forward that the attack was an “inside job.”
No firm information on production or release is as-yet available, but we’ll keep an eye on this as it develops. Keep it locked on GeekNation for any new developments on this project!
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