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Gore Verbinski Issues A Statement About The Cancellation Of His North Korea-Based Steve Carell Film


In the wake of Sony’s announcement that their North Korea-set film ‘The Interview’ has been shut down, New Regency and Fox scrapped ‘Pyongyang,’ a North Korea-based project Gore Verbinski planned to direct with Steve Carell. Verbinski has expressed his frustration that his movie was a casualty of the unprecedented hack attack and terrorist threat that caused Sony to cancel the theatrical release of ‘The Interview’ after many major US theater chains refused to show it (which has caused overwhelmingly negative reactions across the web).

Gore Verbinski, who launched the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise and most recently directed ‘The Lone Ranger’ and the Oscar winning ‘Rango,’ issued the following statement to Deadline: Getting the facts straight: Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing. I have been told in no uncertain words that based on the situation at Sony, Fox has now decided to not distribute the film. Without a distributor, New Regency was forced to shut the film down.

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