In the latest about-turn, The Interview, a movie about North Korea that was recently cancelled after the hacking of Sony Pictures, has now been slated for release in US cinemas albeit in a limited capacity.
The movie, which stars Seth Rogen will be shown in some independent cinemas on Christmas Day. Rogen, who directed the film, posted a message on Twitter: “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!”
Meanwhile, Sony’s chairman Michael Lynton expressed his satisfaction that the film will now actually be seen. Sony has apparently already approved a couple of cinemas (one in Atlanta and one in Austin, Texas) to screen the movie.
“Sony has authorised screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour.” – Tim League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin.
In protest, hundreds of independent theatres had already signed up to a petition in support of showing the film, but it seems that the major cineplexes are unlikely to be onboard just yet.
The Interview release welcomed
The White House, which has been very vocal about the movie and had promised “appropriate measure” in retaliation, has welcomed the release and reiterated the fact that the US “believes in free speech”.
Until now, Sony had claimed that the film’s theatrical released would be completely cancelled since the cyber attack, as well as threats to cinemas that intended to show film.
US President Obama has previously called Sony’s decision to cancel “a mistake”.
It is assumed the North Korean regime isn’t too happy with the planned screenings on Christmas Day.
In terms of the film itself, they say no publicity is bad publicity so even if the movie isn’t that great no doubt it will shoot to the top of the charts if it sees a wider release, helped by the controversy it has generated.