If you have been following the news recently, then you would have heard about the Sony Pictures hacking scandal.
This Christmas, the studio are releasing a new comedy titled The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, in which they play journalists given the opportunity to interview Kim Jong-Un and are then tasked by the CIA to assassinate him. It looks pretty hilarious but understandably, North Korea are incredibly pissed off.
The country called it an “act of war” and that the filmmakers must be subjected to their “stern punishment”. I’m sure they were terrified. Of course, now they realise they really should have been. A week later a hacking group calling themselves the ‘Guardians of Peace’ hacked into Sony Pictures’ network and stole 100TB of information, including email exchanges, personal details about staff and actors, and of course information on upcoming films. It was almost certainly North Korea behind the attack, further supported by the fact that they were ordering Sony to pull the release of The Interview. It’s been a tough few weeks for journalists as well as they struggle with whether or not to cover some of the private information which has leaked. Some of the private emails include an exchange between two important Sony executives where they speculate about what movies President Obama likes – all of them focusing on slavery or featuring African-American leads.
For film geeks, however, it’s been a godsend. Sony Pictures are the studio who own the rights to the Spider-Man franchise, and the leak has given us a ton of information about what they are planning on doing with it. Continue reading