LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Cineplex and AMC Entertainment will delay or drop "The Interview" after Sony Pictures Entertainment hackers posted a message threatening movie theaters and moviegoers who attend screenings of the satire.
They represent four of the five largest chains, and join Bow Tie Cinemas and Carmike in deciding not to show the picture. More theater circuits are expected to follow suit.
In addition, Michigan-based MJR Digital Cinemas said it will likely not play the picture, although CEO Michael Mihalich said that could change if the situation improves in coming days.
Some analysts believe that North Korea has been involved in the devastating cyber-attack on Sony as retaliation for "The Interview," which depicts the assassination of dictator Kim Jong-Un. The country has denied involvement but praised the hackers.
Hackers have leaked internal company documents, salary information, budget details and the social security numbers of thousands of Sony's past and present employees.
In a message Tuesday, hackers wrote: "The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment."
Other chains contacted by Variety such as Celebration! Cinemas and Malco Theatres said they had yet to reach a final decision.