Who would have thought that a simple movie could cause so much international controversy? But, alas, that is exactly what happened with Sony Pictures’ The Interview. Due to the fact that it features North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meeting a most violent demise, it caused the folks over in the DPRK to get all blustery and uptight (you know, their usual attitude whenever something they don’t like happens anywhere) and make threats. In order to protect people’s safety, Sony opted to pull the movie, but now it looks like we’ll get our chance to see what all this bullshit was about when the movie releases on Christmas Day.
The official Sony press release is as follows:
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES LIMITED THEATRICAL RELEASE OF THE INTERVIEW ON CHRISTMAS DAY
[Hollywood – December 23, 2014] Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Interview will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on Christmas Day.
“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”
“I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month. While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.”
When the news broke in an official capacity, Seth Rogen and James Franco finally ended their silence on the matter by taking to twitter.
Rogan had this to say:
The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!
And Franco shared these words of joy:
The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!!
SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters…
Currently it looks like The Interview will mostly be hitting smaller, independent theaters, though an official list of where the movie will be showing has yet to be released. Further, Sony may be taking another road to get the film to audiences. According to The Wrap, Sony will be releasing the movie via VOD, although no official announcement has been made on that front.
People may complain about safety and the threats of violence and say that this movie needs to be permanently shelved, but the reality of the situation is that North Korea is highly unlikely to take any action, no matter how pissed they are. They’ll whine and complain and be back to their passive-aggressive bullshit within a couple of months, as usual. In the meanwhile, The Interview will garner even more interest (thanks DPRK for all the press!) and those few theaters that show the film will likely be selling out left and right.