By now, we all know that Sony canceled "The Interview," giving alleged North Korean hacker group Guardians of Peace just what it wanted. But, not everyone in Hollywood thinks that was the right choice. Many actors, actresses and filmmakers even chastised Sony for letting the terrorists win. George Clooney went so far as to send a letter to many Hollywood bigwigs, asking them not to give in to the hackers' demands.
Clooney asked powerful film executives to band together and refuse to give in to Guardians of Peace's demands. Despite the noble effort, not one person signed the famed actor's petition.
"Nobody wanted to be the first to sign on. Now, this isn’t finger-pointing on that. This is just where we are right now, how scared this industry has been made."
The reason no one signed is quite simple, according to Clooney. Guardians of Peace stole a ton of information from Sony and leaked embarrassing emails from its executives. Those emails are now a major black eye for the company. Clooney thinks other studios are afraid that they could be next if they don't fall in line.
The decision by Sony and several major theater chains to pull the movie sets a dangerous precedent, according to Clooney. It could affect the type of movies Hollywood is willing to make in the future.
Clooney doesn't blame Sony for the decision, but he does think that other movies with controversial themes are now going to have a much harder time getting released. "The truth is, you’re going to have a much harder time finding distribution now. And that’s a chilling effect."
Right now, Sony isn't planning to release "The Interview" at any point in the future. But, that didn't stop Guardians of Peace from sending another message demanding further concessions from the studio. Click here to see what the hacker group said.