After North Korean hackers overrode Sony studio’s computer database, stealing thousands of documents and confidential information and then threatened violence should they debut their latest film, the company cancelled the Christmas Day release of the wildly anticipated comedy, “The Interview.”
With two of Hollywood’s leading actors, James Franco and Seth Rogen, starring in the film as well as its $42 production cost, filmmakers, fans and the like were horrified by the notion it would stay forever locked away in a studio.
Enter not Dan Newlin but George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series which has become an HBO series hit and pop culture phenomenon. He also happens to be the owner of the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and despite the fact the five major theater chains in America have backed out of airing the film, Martin says he has no problem screening the comedy any time.
“The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me,” Martin wrote in a post on his LiveJournal. The fact that the film mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is under no means ground to back down due to threats by the country, according to Martin, and goes on to reference the Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator, that involved jabs at Adolf Hiter, one of the most famous dictator of all time.
Martin closed his post by inviting Rogen and Franco to host their film’s release at hi theater rather than any big name cinema. “Come to Santa Fe, Seth,” wrote Martin, “We’ll show your film for you.”