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Probably not with the Black Jack and Hookers, but George R.R. Martin is fightin’ mad about Sony Pictures‘ move to cancel the release of The Interview. Now opinions, as they say, are like @$$holes – everyone’s got one – and while Sony has been chastised for kowtowing to terrorists rather than standing up for artistic expression, corporations always side on the option of least resistance. In this instance, that means weighing the potentiality of something happening against the likelihood that anything will happen, and Sony says better safe than sorry. But what will happen to The Interview? Last night on The Daily Show, Chris Rock affirmed that The Interview will get a release, and if it does, George R.R. Martin, author of the Game of Thrones series of books, will be happy to provide it a venue.

On Martin’s personal Live Journal, the author wrote a screed called “Corporate Cowardice,” in which he notes that it’s astonishing that “These gigantic corporations, most of which could buy North Korea with pocket change, are declining to show a film because Kim Jong-Un objects to being mocked?”

I’ve noted in conversation with others that it’s hard for me to believe that North Korean leader Kim, who according to those who’ve seen The Interview is actually treated fairly even handily in the film, would be more offended by what Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg did over, say, the Red Dawn remake, or Olympus Has Fallen, or even Team America: World Police. Heck, North Korea was the big bad in a James Bond movie, Die Another Day, and nothing was said. Either this was the last straw or Kim Jong-Un is especially sensitive since he himself was being personally mocked in The Interview.

Martin seems not entirely insensitive to the conundrum of both Sony and the major American theater chains that didn’t want to risk a “9/11-style attack” for showing The Interview, so he proposed a compromise. “There are thousands of small independent theatres across the country, like my own, that would gladly screen The Interview, regardless of the threats from North Korea,” Martin wrote, “but instead of shifting the film to those venues, Sony has cancelled its scheduled Christmas rollout entirely.”

It’s a fair compromise. If enough independent theater owners want to take the risk, then Sony should make The Interview available to them. They’re guaranteed to sell out several days worth of screenings based on the news coverage alone. It may not be the same as getting released on 3,000 screens at once, but it would send a clear message that Hollywood is not (entirely) spineless. Despite the threat of danger, and U.S. intelligence agencies have yet to discover a verifiable threat based on all the hacker bloviating, Sony’s move does send a dangerous precedent as this is not the first, nor will it be the last, time that the content of movie got someone angry enough to threaten “consequences.”

So Martin offers a challenge, and an invitation. “For what it’s worth, the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be glad to screen The Interview (assuming that Sony does eventually release the film for theatrical exhibition, rather than streaming it or dumping it as a direct-to-DVD release), should it be made available to us,” Martin said.  “Come to Santa Fe, Seth, we’ll show your film for you.”

This is a rapidly evolving story, so it will it interesting to see what happens next with The Interview. Something tells me Rock is right, and when the hype dies down Sony will be looking at a quiet release. Stay tuned for more on this ongoing story.

Source: Cinema Blend

Category: Film

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