The Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas has been forced to cancel its planned screening of "Team America" in place of "The Interview" later this month after Paramount reportedly refused to let the theater screen the 2004 satire comedy by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The movie mocks former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il.
Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014
Cleveland’s Capitol Theater, which also planned to screen "Team America," posted on Twitter that the event "has been canceled by Paramount Pictures," Deadline reports.
The move comes after Sony Pictures cancelled all screenings and halted all future release plans for "The Interview," the controversial Kim Jong-un assassination comedy, amid terror threats from suspected North Korean hackers.
Americans across the country reacted to Paramount's shutting down of the "Team America" on Thursday:
Paramount Cancels Team America Screenings Because Everyone's a Coward— RIHANAAPK (@RIHANAAPK)1418932021.0
What is going on with the world? http://t.co/q2i7WDQXcg— Adam Haworth (@Adam Haworth)1418932025.0
This is too much RT @verge: Paramount is canceling screenings of Team America: World Police http://t.co/aWGYZoALEA http://t.co/tPuJ4tz9Y6— 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 (@𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫)1418932020.0
Team America theatrical showings cancelled by Paramount. Bah hum bug! Censorship or private company exercising legal right? Hrm....— Forrest Smith (@Forrest Smith)1418931995.0
What the heck is happening? RT @buzzfeed Paramount Orders Movie Theaters To Cancel 'Team America' Screenings http://t.co/cLvqAdZ3xK …— Chris Moody (@Chris Moody)1418931958.0