Sony to release The Interview

DECEMBER 24, 2014

In a dramatic reverse of course, Sony Pictures has announced that it would release “The Interview” on Christmas Day, which is currently at the centre of rising tensions between the US and North Korea.

North Korea is accused by the US of masterminding a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

US President Barack Obama, who had criticized Sony Pictures for pulling the film, welcomed Tuesday’s move.

Sony’s decision to release the film—and to try to distribute it via video-on-demand—came just six days after it said it was cancelling the film’s release following the cyberattack.

Still, only a small number of movie theatres have signed up to screen the controversial comedy amid fears of reprisals from a group of hackers and frustration with the studio’s quick-changing distribution strategy.

The Interview

The Interview is a story about a pair of television journalists who are asked by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Sony Pictures told film buyers that all participating theatres will be made known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sony Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton tried to win back that support Tuesday, saying in a statement that releasing the movie was a rebuke to the hackers.

“We are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech,” he said.

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