The Interview Is "Desperately Unfunny", "Will Flop" If Not Cancelled According To Leaked Sony Emails

Tyler Durden's picture

The conspiracy theories surrounding the story of The Interview's cancellation in the aftermath of the North Korean "hacking" just keep getting stranger by the day, (and will, in 6-9, months lead to the blockbuster drama: "How 'The Interview' Got Cancelled")

First, as we previously reported, at the same time as the NYT reported that according to the US the hack "undisputedly" originated in North Korea, Wired magazine released an article explaining why it is impossible to make such a determination (see Someone is Lying). That, however, did not stop the US on its inexplicable witch hunt, and moments ago Reuters reported that according to the US, it was indeed North Korea who was responsible for the hacks (although, the report adds, North Korea may have had a little help from China so nobody really know but whatever). From Reuters:

A U.S. investigation into the hack of Sony's computer system has determined that North Korea was behind the operation with a possible Chinese link, a U.S. official said on Friday.


The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the conclusion was to be announced later by federal authorities.


The probe into the hack found North Korea was behind it and that there may be a Chinese link either through collaboration with Chinese actors or by using Chinese servers to mask the origination of the hack, the official said.

So far so good: hardly anyone would expect more, or less, from the country that invaded Iraq due to imaginary WMDs and almost launched a war against Syria based on a doctored YouTube clip.

Where it gets downright bizarre, however, is that as Reuters also reported earlier citing leaked emails of international Sony Pictures executive, the infamous movie in question "is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled."

Wait a minute, it sounds almost as if the evil North Korean "hackers" did Sony... a favor?

It sure does. Here is more from Reuters:

... even before the cancellation of the film, Sony executives responsible for the international release of the movie were concerned the action-comedy featuring Hollywood stars Seth Rogen and James Franco would not translate to a foreign audience, the leaked e-mails show.


Reuters has not been able to verify the authenticity of the documents, although Sony has confirmed that at least some are authentic.


"The unanimous point of view here is that this (is) another misfire from the pairing," said an e-mail purportedly written by Peter Taylor, of Sony Pictures UK.

Actually judging by outside reviews it would have most certainly been a bomb, pun intended, in the US as well:

Taylor said the film was "desperately unfunny and repetitive," and "James Franco proves once again that irritation is his strong suit which is a shame because the character could have been appealing and funny out of his hands."


Taylor and other executives agreed that the first half hour of the film, which features a satirical interview with hip-hop artist Eminem, was amusing but was later overshadowed by "realistic violence that would be shocking in a horror movie".


Staff in Holland said the film was "unbalanced," and a French executive said the film went too far. "Seth Rogen's humor doesn't really translate," the executive said.


South Korean colleagues raised concerns over the potential political issues and inaccuracies in the North Korean accents used in the film, and said the leading actors were "weak".


Sony staff in Taiwan said the film "didn't stand a chance" in their market, according to the e-mails. Australian executives, however, enjoyed the film and requested lead actor Franco lead a promotional tour of the country.


British executives were less enthusiastic. "Tour-wise, our choice would be to have no one. However if this is not an option (and I suspect it isn't) then we would like the lot," Taylor said.  "Not just Rogen and (writer Evan) Goldberg, but God help us Franco as well."

Ok great, it would have flopped, but as Chris Rock said, at least the American public would want "to CHOOSE" not to see the movie (or not as likely would be the case).

And now, due to what appears the most convoluted false flag affair in US history, it may be time to nuke North Korea for depriving the US public from its god-given right of seeing straight-to-DVD flops.

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bugs_'s picture

We punked some folks.

RockRiver's picture

Why would anyone care this much about a crappy movie?


The whole world is a movie. For some reason, the Truman Show keeps coming to mind. 

SumTing Wong's picture

Remember that stupid move about Mohammed? People get pissed over little things.

I save my anger for real the Fed fucking all of us over. I'd just ignore stupid movies mostly. I have to admit I did seek out the Mohammed movie after all the uproar. It was really REALLY terrible. Worse than Caddyshack 2 terrible. People should have rioted in Benghazi for how bad the acting, directing, producing was, not for the content. 

smithcreek's picture

Terrorism threat? BS. I'm amazed everyone is taking that seriously and getting all nationalistic over it.  There is no credible threat of a domestic terrorist attack by North Koreans.  Wouldn't BLACKMAIL be a much simpler explanation?

"If you don't pull the movie we will release emails and other internal documents that make the ones we have released already look like love poems."

And gott love this quote: "Seth Rogen's humor doesn't really translate," the executive said.  Seth Rogan's humor?  Right up there with "jumbo shrimp" as far as oxymorons go.

SheepDog-One's picture

Smithcreek....there are a lot of 'tards out there believing they're living kickass lives.
Only explanation I can come up with.

Jeff the Terrible's picture
Jeff the Terrible (not verified) bob_stl Dec 19, 2014 12:26 PM

Everywhere I look someone's reading me someone else's emails. ZH is supposed to be better than clickbait

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

One nation kills babies, tortures people, and boasts about assassinating leaders. The other?

Rah, rah, rah, my tyrannically government is better than your tyrannically government! Nah, nah, na-nah, nah!

[insert chimp screams]

Dick Gazinia's picture

"hardly anyone would expect more, or less, from the country that invaded Iraq due to imaginary WMDs" 


Not to be an asshole or anything but we did find chemical WMDs.  I know.  I was there.  Oh thats right.  Bush lied and people died.  Just keep repeating a lie.  Fucktard.

Dick Gazinia's picture

Hey don't get me wrong. I don't think invading Iraq was a good idea.  I didn't get paid to think. I got paid to shoot people.  Regardless the whole bullshit story about us finding nothing is Orwellian.  Everybody on this site knows for a fact that we did yet we still get these pandering articles stating the contrary.  We have to stop bullshitting ourselves about simple facts that dont support our political view. Im just saying...

Coke and Hookers's picture

The US found stuff allright but it was kept on the downlow because THE US SOLD THE STUFF TO SADDAM!

This is totally out in the open and has been for a while.

McMolotov's picture

Exactly, I don't know why people say we found WMDs. We found degraded shit from the Iran-Iraq war. Shit everyone already knew was there but posed no serious threat. Shit that was likely stamped Dow Chemical or something similar.

But that's not why we invaded. We invaded because of smoking gun mushroom clouds and "mobile weapons labs," as per Powell's UN presentation. So in addition to setting the disturbing precedent of invading a country that hadn't attacked us or even threatened us, the people who sold us on the Iraq War weren't even remotely correct about what they said was there.

TuPhat's picture

I didn't know we found WMDs in Iraq.  I heard we found some empty pesticide barrels.  Too bad Bush didn't want anyone to know he was right.  It would have made the news.

americanreality's picture

Funny how the argument was framed as "were there WMDs or not" when the true argument should have been about preemptive invasion.  As in, is it cool to invade and kill for economic benefit for the elite.  And the sheep took it hook, line, and sinker.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

You nailed it AR, when you point out the whole "were there WMDs or not" argument as being specious to the overall context for the invasion.

Dick Gazinia is right as well. There were WMDs in Iraq.

But I see more than just economic benefit for Halliburton, et. al. The invasion was payback. Saddam Hussein dared to try to assinate Bush 41 when he was in Quwait after he left office. Bush 43 ginned up the WMD argument without actually knowing there were any there. He lucked out, as it were, when he found some. Well, lucked out may be a bit flip. The USA knew Saddam had WMDs. He got them either from us or with our blessing. Remember, Saddam was our lapdog in fighting Iran. America knew exactly what kind of military horsepower Saddam had.


fleur de lis's picture

You're lucky to be alive. Far too many of your fellow servicemen were extended the ultimate disservice for their loyaty and bravery, and others have issues that will follow them all the days of their lives. Bush did lie. They all lied. Tell me when they ever told the truth involving any war past or present.

fleur de lis's picture

To whomever downvoted me--

Do as you please but tell me when they ever told us the truth about any war.

IronForge's picture

Were those the ChemWeps that were there PRIOR to the War - made in the USA, sold by Bush Sr., and monitored by the UN 'til they were kicked out due to the 2nd Invasion?

lostintheflood's picture

False Flag?

that could be the point...need a(nother) reason to drop the hammer on n korea?

Fun Facts's picture

"False Flag?"

It's looking more and more that way.

WhatReallyHappened has several stories on it this morning.

One thing is clear, the official story is bullshit.

As to exactly what did happen and why, the alternative media will eventually get to the bottom of it, while the corporate media go along with whatever propaganda narrative they're given.

IndyPat's picture

False Flag term is misapplied.
I see where you are going though.
Ruse. Hoax. Corp on Corp warfare all work, too.
So does just good ol' black hat hackers, smarting for payback, from pirate bay

Could be they just got hacked by....a hacker...and not...a Nation.

Could be Camacho's Crew is just applying the trusty "waste not want not" principle, re: crisis, as they always do?

salvadordaly's picture

This whole NK hacking BS is about gaining control of the internet by the gubment. You know we must control it to save you bit.

Circlehook's picture

Who really gives a shit about Hollywood anyway?  Bunch of fucksticks pretending to be someone or something else. 

economessed's picture

But, but..... but, they give each other awards to make themselves important....

man of Wool's picture

Because of the hacking and stealing of personal data, the trashing of the companies storage. It is the first time that such huge damage has been done to a company's IT network, and the reason it was done was because of this movie.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Because of the hacking and stealing of personal data, the trashing of the companies storage. It is the first time that such huge damage has been done to a company's IT network, and the reason it was done was because of this movie.

Hilarious sarcasm, and the deadpan delivery was perfect.


SheepDog-One's picture

Exactly RockRiver, Pineapple Express was a movie made by these guys about a big weed growing operation ran from an old secret military one went apeshit over that movie. This is all just made up bullshit, not sure what's behind it but it stinks.

Freddie's picture

The whole thing is a scam.  I was over on a few conservative sites telling people it is all bullshit and a scam to probably pass more laws to take away what few freedums we have left.

People are so stupid.

shovelhead's picture

For the same reason that John Corzine sits on a beach while you will get 5 years and a $250,000.00 fine for ripping a dvd.

Movies are serious business.

blackgoldcapital's picture

North Korea apparently. Because Kim Jung Un is kind of insecure about his clout as a dictator in the global political arena. 

DutchR's picture

If they did it

And they were us



pFXTim's picture

we distracted some folks.

Eireann go Brach's picture

The Negro is ruining the White house. Anyone see the irony here?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

I stand by my labelling of this as the ( non sexually ) gayest false flag in modern history.

pFXTim's picture

> gayest false flag in modern history.


not that there's anything wrong with that...

FrankieGoesToHollywood's picture

BS>  Sony Pictures has a long history of releasing unfunny films.

man of Wool's picture

Hollywood in general has a history of producing movies only Americans think are funny. This is likely to be another American bozo.

Freddie's picture

Zollywood and TV are for retards.

oddjob's picture

"Show business is an extension of the jewish religion"

John Lennon

Reason's picture

but Sony already spent all the money to make it... how is canceling it doing them a favor? They're just guaranteeing their loss by not releaseing it.. I personally think it would have been a Holiday hit... 

sleigher's picture

One of my first thoughts on this was, "stupid movie needs publicity."  

Kilgore Trout's picture

People will now rush to see it because it's "controversial"

JRobby's picture

Agree, these are "sunk costs" other than upcoming promotion. I guess it is now ok to manufacture a false flag to avoid corporate embarassment?

What's next?

Freddie's picture


The movie was probably tested in 2 or 3 cities and people probably walked out and said it was total shit.

Alien was the best and is still a masterpiece.  People running out of the theater screaming and fainting during one of the tests.

JRobby's picture

At least they got their money's worth............

What about Alien with Yellen as the larval dropping Queen Alien? Love that flame thrower action! Then cast the bitch adrift in space!

Divided States of America's picture

Agreed, Alien was a masterpiece, as was the second one.

The test theatres for Alien also had to have a cleaning crew after each and every showing because I am sure some people pissed in their seats during the movie.