I think we all knew this was coming. Someone in North Korea saw the trailer for The Interview and now they’re out for blood.
The reclusive communist state vowed to retaliate if the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy which sees the duo enlisted by the CIA to assassinate leader Kim Jong-Un (Randall Park) is released.
This morning, a spokesman for North Korea’s Foreign Ministry warned “If the U.S. administration connives at and patronizes the screening of the film, it will invite a strong and merciless countermeasure.”
The Interview is directed by Rogen and frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg from a script by Rogen, Goldberg, and co-writer Dan Sterling.
Is there precedent for an American movie where the heroes kill (or attempt to kill) a sitting head of state? I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but I think we all knew that North Korea wouldn’t take the (comedic) assassination of its leader well.
The film’s premise falls inline with the decades of propaganda North Korea has disseminated internally, casting the U.S. as a vicious invading force, ready to strike the North at any minute. Over the years, they’ve made very public shows of force including a failed rocket launch in 2012 and raising tensions with its neighbors in the South earlier this year after lobbing hundreds of artillery shells at occupied islands.
No word on whether Sony – who’s releasing The Interview here in the States – plans to alter the launch of the film in any way. Similarly Rogen and Franco have yet to offer any statements on North Korea’s protest.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]