Carell, Verbinski Thriller “Pyongyang” Cancelled

In the wake of the cancellation of next week’s release of “The Interview,” studios developing projects involving North Korea are having serious second thoughts about the subject.

20th Century Fox and New Regency have already made a decision and have opted not to proceed with “Pyongyang” which had Gore Verbinski set to direct and Steve Carell attached to star. Production was aiming to begin in March.

In the wake of the cancellation, Verbinski himself issued the following statement to Deadline:

“Getting the facts straight: Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was green lit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing.

I have been told in no uncertain words that based on the situation at Sony, Fox has now decided to not distribute the film. Without a distributor, New Regency was forced to shut the film down.

My thoughts: I find it ironic that fear is eliminating the possibility to tell stories that depict our ability to overcome fear.”

Steve Conrad penned the script for the project, but no story details about it were released other than it being a paranoia thriller. Carell himself also responded via Twitter, saying: “Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul”