In the wake of the cancellation of the release of “The Interview” by Sony Pictures, a second movie about North Korea has been pulled from theaters, the Los Angeles Times reports. This time it’s an older release — “Team America: World Police,” from 2004 — and it has reportedly been blocked by Paramount from special screenings.
The report cites theaters in Cleveland and Atlanta saying Paramount pulle the plug on screenings of the movie, which is a marionette-based action satire targeting Kim Jong Il, the now-deceased North Korean dictator who was the father of the nation’s current leader, Kim Jong-un. The movie comes from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
The newspaper reports: “David Huffman, director of marketing at Cleveland Cinemas, told The Times that Paramount contacted the theater chain and said ‘Team America’ had been pulled from release. The Capitol Theatre had booked the film in October as part of a midnight screening series in June, Huffman said.”
The report also cites a Twitter post by the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta saying the movie was pulled from all theaters by Paramount Pictures.
As we reported previously, Sony canceled the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco movie “The Interview,” which had been due for release on Christmas Day, after threats of violence against theaters showing the movie were issued by hackers believed to be connected to North Korea.
“In addition to the Capitol and Plaza theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Dallas location, which had planned a screening of ‘Team America’ to replace ‘The Interview,’ said on its Twitter account, ‘Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.'” the Times reports.