Blimey, what a week its been for The Interview, the controversial comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Just last week Sony pulled the Christmas Day release of the film after the vicious cyber-attack, said to have been done by North Korea. The cyber-attack is in response to the fact the film is all about assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Sony took some heavy complaints from just about everyone for pulling the films release, removing the trailer, any on-line clips and all poster, billboards etc. Sony claimed that as cinemas began pulling out of showing the film after “9/11” style threats were made, the company had no choice but to pull the film. The film world, and US President Barrack Obama were angry, so now Sony have decided to stick two fingers up at the terrorists and release the film anyway, hooray for that!
Sony released a statement:
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.”
US President Barrack Obama, who earlier said he was angered Sony did not come to him first before removing the film, supported their decision to release the now 10/10 rated comedy:
The White House issued a statement:
“The president applauds Sony’s decision to authorize screenings of the film,” the statement said. “As the president made clear, we’re a country that believes in free speech and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film and we welcome that outcome.”
One of the cinema chains happy to be showing the film are the Alamo Drafthouse, and they also released a statement:
“We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organisation they have been under attack,” said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League.
“Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and listened to the public, the government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and determination.
“At 10:45 AM Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theatres across the country.
“This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression.
“Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American.”
Writer, director and star Seth Rogen Tweeted the following message:
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!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014
Writer and director Evan Goldberg also Tweeted his delight:
Thanks to everyone who didn’t give up on our movie! @Sethrogen & I are humbled & overwhelmed by your support. Hope you enjoy the film!
— Evan Goldberg (@evandgoldberg) December 23, 2014
And star James Franco also had his say:
VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters… https://t.co/0KyZQAB6cf
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 23, 2014
CELEBRATING!!!!! “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I… https://t.co/VXDy7NFtPe
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 23, 2014
It is still unclear what Sony plan to do with regards to the films release outside of the US, but we will keep you posted for a UK date.
The Interview is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and the cast includes Seth Rogen, James Franco, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan, Diana Bang and Charles Rahi Chun.
In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.