In the wake of a number of movie theater chains opting not to screen The Interview in light of threats made by hackers, Sony Pictures has cancelled the Christmas Day release date of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy.

ABC News, Sony Pictures said, "We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater goers."

The group claiming responsibility for the Sony hack had previously posted a message apparently threatening attacks on the theaters where the movie would be played, Rogen and Franco cancelled all promotional appearances for the film.

The U.S. federal government has determined that North Korea is responsible for the Sony hack.