Figures from the film’s $44 million budget, including $8.4 million plus compensation for Rogen and $6.5 million for Franco, were posted in a leak, according to a new report from Bloomberg that did not reveal the source of the posting.
The new report also reveals the $5,000 fee for a cameo by Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline. Other idiosyncratic items in the film’s budget include $250 for “a table of weed, coke, pills and panties,” though the production ended up only spending $241.
“The Interview” itself is at the center of some speculation directly relating to the hack. Some media outlets have suspected North Korea of being behind the attack, since the country is lampooned in the film, but there’s no evidence to suggest that country is responsible. The studio denied a report by Recode that it was poised to name North Korea as the culprit.
Never shy about courting controversy, North Korean officials have neither confirmed nor denied their involvement, saying “wait and see.”
As part of the ongoing leaks, top Sony executives such as Michael Lynton, Amy Pascal, Doug Belgrad, Michael De Luca and Dwight Caines had their salaries revealed on Monday, and over 3,000 employees’ names, birthdates and social security numbers were leaked to members of the media.
Sony has also seen five of its films including musical “Annie” and Oscar contender “Still Alice” leaked online prior to their theatrical release, which will surely cut into the company’s profits, though studies have shown that awareness levels for those films has risen dramatically.
“The Interview,” which is still on track to open on Dec 25, was not among the films leaked online.
“This theft of Sony materials and the release of employee and other information are malicious criminal acts, and we are working closely with law enforcement,” Sony chiefs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal said this week in a company-wide memo to staff. “The privacy and security of our employees are of real concern to us, and we are deeply saddened at this concerted effort to do damage to our company, undermine our morale, and discourage us.”
Sony has hired the security research firm Mandiant to help investigate the hack.