News By Dec. 1, 2014 9:26 am
Sony hackers leaked five movies including Fury | News | Geek.com

When a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace pulled off a massive hack of the Sony Pictures network last week, their motivation was unclear. Now it looks like they wanted to hit Sony where it hurt: in its wallet.

A handful of Sony films have been leaked onto file-sharing sites — five in total — in the wake of the attack. One is Fury, the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt that hit theaters in October. Sony’s remake of Annie, which doesn’t release until December 19, was also leaked, as were Mr. Turner, Still Alice, and To Write Love on Her Arms.

While there’s no definitive way to show the financial impact leaks like these have on the box office takings of a film, the Expendables 3 leak was said by some to have caused losses of around $10 million. $50 million in lost ticket sales would be a massive punch in the face for Sony.

What is it about Sony Pictures that would make supporters of North Korea want to orchestrate an attack like this? There’s talk today that #GOP may have strong ties to North Korea, and that’s where the motivation for the attack comes from. It’s also has a lot to do with one of Seth Rogen’s movies — and no, it’s not The Green Hornet.

Rogen stars alongside James Franco in The Interview, which hits theaters on Christmas Day. In it, they play a pair of reporters who score an audience with North Korea’s head of state — and are then recruited by the CIA to assassinate him. Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was not impressed, telling the United Nations that The Interview is “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as a war action.”

Don’t worry, Seth Rogen’s taking it all in stride. He joked that “people don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it,” on Twitter.

Now read: Play the first ever video game developed in North Korea

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