UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack
When UK TV production company Mammoth Screen set off to make the controversial North Korea-based series OPPOSITE NUMBER back in 2014, they were subjected to more than political backlash from the country's state heads.
With a plot following a British scientist imprisoned in North Korea, Channel 4-commissioned, self-proclaimed "bold and provocative" project rather expectedly triggered public protests, country's officials labelling it a "slanderous farce" and calling on the UK government to pull the plug on the production.
Set to be penned by Oscar nominee Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), Opposite Numbers was eventually put to bed by Channel 4 citing funding difficulties.
It has now been revealed that the producers' company computer system had fallen under a cyber attack, hailing from Pyongyang. Whether the hacking incident was the last nail in the coffin for the series has been left without comment on either side. The attack on Mammoth Screen happened only few months before the "Sony Leaks" that brought the studio giant to its knees.
That incident was allegedly linked to North Korea as a response to the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy The Interview.Tags: