The Interview to get limited cinema release after all
Sony Pictures have announced that The Interview will now be shown in some independent cinemas, beginning on the originally planned launch date of December 25th.
The controversial new film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco has been at the centre of one the most high-profile corporate hacking cases in history, following weeks of frenzied media reporting in which the film had already set a historical precedent by being withdrawn from release as a result of a 'terror threat' targeting cinemas screening the film. The decision prompted criticism from U.S, President Barack Obama, who stated that Sony had made “a mistake” in cancelling the film, before Sony Pictures chief Michael Lynton hit back at Obama's comments, saying that the studio had no choice but to pull the film after several major cinema chains refused to screen Rogen's new comedy.
However, Sony confirmed yesterday that the film's release will now go ahead, albeit in a limited capacity and only in selected independent cinemas in the U.S., starting on Christmas Day. Barack Obama, for his part, has welcomed the move by Sony, adding that the U.S. “believes in free speech.”
Seth Rogen also tweeted his support for the release: “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!”