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 Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, meanwhile, said on its Twitter account, "Team America World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures."
Paramount did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The news comes in the wake of
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 brainchild of "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "Team America" is a marionette-filled action satire that tells the story of an elite anti-terrorist squad called upon to foil a plot by
Kim Jong Un, of course, is at the center of "The Interview," which stars
Sony said in a statement Wednesday that it has no plans to release the controversial movie in the future, either in theaters or via home video on-demand.