A spokesman for the foreign ministry of North Korea issued an official statement calling the movie about the North Korean leader’s assassination a “wanton act of terror” and said there will be a “resolute and merciless response” if the U.S. doesn’t ban the film.
The Interview stars Rogen and Franco as tabloid journalists who are invited to North Korea, then hired by the CIA to kill Jong-un.
According to Yahoo, a spokesman for North Korea released a statement to North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, and said the film was the work of “gangster moviemakers” and should not be released.
“The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable,” the spokesman said.
Rogen spoke recently with Yahoo Movies about writing the script after seeing the access journalists have to world leaders. He said, “We read as much as we could that was available on the subject. We talked to people in the government whose job it is to associate with North Korea, or be experts on it.”
He joked about the threats on Twitter on Wednesday, June 25.
People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 25, 2014
The Interview is due in theaters on Oct. 14.