Sony Pictures has been under fire after canceling the premiere of their controversial film The Interview starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. The film company received rough criticism from many including President Obama who thinks they “made a mistake” about their decision to crumble to the terrorist, cyber hackers apparently from North Korea. But now Sony is pulling reversing their decision and will release the film as originally planned.
The film that follows two journalists who make an attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-Un was pulled from theaters weeks before its debut. The decision came after Sony received threats from unknown hackers, who may have been working with North Korea, warning of 9/11-style attacks on theaters that released the film. But now Sony is releasing the film, but it will be a limited release.
Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, released a statement today. He said:
“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. 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.”
At least 100 indie film theaters around the country will show the film. However, YouTube has come to a tentative agreement to stream the film online as well. Be on the look out for The Interview premiering in your local indie movie theater on Christmas Day.