Amy Pascal, the head of Sony's film division, is probably going to lose her job. The story is long, but the facts are simple: With Seth Rogen and James Franco's The Interview cancelled, Pascal's department has taken something north of $50 million of Sony's money and lit it on fire in the most spectacular and embarrassing way possible.
If there was one thing that triggered the embarrassing and fascinating Sony email leak, it might have been their decision to go forward with killing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in James Franco and Seth Rogen's The Interview in the most gory way allowable. Now, you can watch exactly why some think North Korea may have hacked Sony.
Aaron Sorkin has a fruitful working relationship with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The studio distributed his hit films The Social Network and Moneyball and is actively seeking to develop new projects with him, including at one point the ill-fated Steve Jobs biopic. But none of that stopped SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal from alleging in an email that Sorkin is broke—or that he's sleeping with an author whose book he is turning into a movie.
The permanently upcoming Steve Jobs biopic has been hotly anticipated since it was first reported nearly three years ago. We're still waiting. And according to newly leaked emails out of Sony Pictures, trying to get it off the ground was a total clusterfuck: name-calling, Angelina Jolie-trashing, lying, and begging.
Sony Pictures financial troubles have been widely public this year: after summer box-office failures After Earth and White House Down, Sony investor Daniel Loeb publicly slammed the company's overspending on weak projects. Just last week, the company hired Bain & Company to help cut over $100 million in costs. One of the first to go? Co-chairman Amy Pascal's assistant, who earns over a quarter of a million per year.