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Steve Carell ‘s Pyongyang Cancelled in Light of Sony Hacking Scandal

December 17, 2014 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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It appears the Sony hacking scandal has caused the death of another picture. Deadline reports that New Regency Pictures has opted to cancel a Steve Carell film, Pyongyang, which was going to be set in North Korea. Gore Verbinski was attached to direct the film.

Pyongyang was based on a graphic novel by Guy DeLisle. The project was described as a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences of working in North Korea for a year. The film was originally scheduled to begin production in March 2015.

The cancellation of the film comes on the heels of Sony Pictures’ announcement to cancel the release of The Interview, a comedy that involves a plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Pyongyang was written by Steve Conrad, who wrote Verbinski’s The Weather Man.

A source claims that “under the current circumstances, it just makes no sense to move forward” with production of Pyongyang. The Interview‘s theatrical release was cancelled as a result of terrorist threats against moviegoers and theaters that would show the film.