UPDATE: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Dallas/Fort Worth, as well as other theaters that planned similar screenings, cancelled plans to show Team America. While the company has yet to comment on the move, Paramount Pictures reportedly pulled the film from theatrical distribution.
"Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled," Alamo Drafthouse Cinema tweeted. "We apologize & will provide refunds today."
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Only in Texas. A movie theater in the Dallas/Fort Worth area has found quite the solution for showtimes that were recently vacated by Sony's choice to pull The Interview.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Dallas/Fort Worth will show the hit 2004 flick Team America: World Police in The Interview's place, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The famously raunchy flick used supermarionettes to spoof terrorism, the entertainment industry, and U.S. conflicts and politics. The main villain of the film is late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, the father of current dictator Kim Jong-un, who is the villain of the boundary-pushing The Interview.
"We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," the theater's creative manager and programmer James Wallace told THR.
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Wednesday, Dec. 17, that the company will not be releasing the controversial dark comedy The Interview. The decision was made after a widespread hack of the company went down in retaliation to the film's plot and terrorism threats were made for the showing of the film about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," Sony said in a release, noting the choice that several major theater chains made not to show the seemingly risky flick. "We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
With the last-minute scrapping of The Interview, which was set for a Dec. 25 release, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has found its solution in another America-celebrating feature. The screening of Team America will reportedly come free of charge, and will include patriotic swag such as American flags and red, white, and blue streamers and balloons.
"FOR THE RECORD: We were still going to show #TheInterviewMovie…" the theater tweeted on Wednesday, "…but now we'll be showing TEAM AMERICA in it's place…for FREE(DOM). Because AMERICA, F YEAH."