The war on films we might have eventually caught on cable continues, and it's reportedly become fairly clear that the orchestrator of this conflict is none other than North Korea. The scamps.
The latest casualty? Pyongyang, a "paranoid thriller" Gore Verbinski was attached to direct with Steve Carell set to star. Like The Interview, that film was set in North Korea, but now it will not be set anywhere at all, because it's been canceled indefinitely. In a letter to Deadline, Verbinski explained that Fox, the film's distributor, quickly dropped Pyongyang in the wake of the Sony threats. That forced New Regency to pull funding, and now Verbinski is being told to move on to a horror film he also has set up at the company. Said the director, "I find it ironic that fear is eliminating the possibility to tell stories that depict our ability to overcome fear." If fear is to stand in the way of this production, then let it at least be the fear that Verbinski is going to make another Lone Ranger out of it.
The New York Times, meanwhile, is reporting that, yeah, of course the perpetrator of the Sony hack was the North Korean government. It's said that American officials investigating the incident have come to the conclusion that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the cyber-attack, adding that it "was both state-sponsored and far more destructive than any seen before on American soil." But is it any surprise? Cool Zack Morris-types like Kim Jong-un always manage to talk the computer nerds into their crazy schemes.