Sony has made a dramatic U-turn on Monday by announcing that The Interview will be released to theaters on Christmas Day.
As you know, Sony dropped all plans to release The Interview following the threats by hackers Guardians of Peace, who said they would terrorize any theater which will screen the movie 9/11 style.
After the mixed reaction that followed that decision, Sony chairman and CEO Michael Lynton announced in a statement that they will be calling the hackers’ bluff after all.
‘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 Lynton. ‘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,’ he ended.
The movie’s stars Seth Rogen and James Franco have reacted to the news on Twitter with Rogen writing, ‘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!’
Franco jokingly added, ‘”The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!’ (Obama had mistakenly pronounced Franco as ‘Flacco’ while reacting to Sony’s decision to pull the movie last week.)
So far, two theaters – Atlanta’s The Plaza Theater and Dallas’ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – have already indicated interest in screening the movie.