For weeks, Sony has been grappling with the havoc wreaked by a well-orchestrated and massive hack of their computer systems and data. Every day, more embarrassing emails were revealed by the hackers, that seemed targeted at bringing down the current Sony regime, especially studio chief Amy Pascal. While filmmaker-star Seth Rogen may not have taken early threats seriously, he is now, as he and costar James Franco have withdrawn their scheduled press interviews for the raunchy comedy which features the assassination of sitting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. One set of emails hilariously revealed the Japanese head of Sony Corp.’s negotiations with Rogen to tone down the exploding of the North Korean leader’s head.
It’s hard to imagine any studio management having as bad a month as Sony leaders Michael Lynton and Pascal have had. They’ve had to apologize on various fronts, and as predicted, class action law suits have been filed against Sony aimed at proving inadequate security precautions. All this has lead to much speculation about Pascal’s future. Under duress to improve performance, she had slashed budgets, let go of vice chairman Jeff Blake and marketing head Marc Weinstock, among others, and brought in Michael De Luca to run production. THR assesses her fate. UPDATE: And a Civil Rights group asks Sony to fire her.