Sony Pictures announced on Monday a limited release of its North Korea-themed comedy film “The Interview” on Christmas Day, reversing an earlier move to pull the plug on the release.
“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,” CEO Michael Lynton said in a news release.
Sony confirms: “limited theatrical release” of “The Interview” on Christmas pic.twitter.com/0aEkft04Bq
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 23, 2014
Earlier Monday, the founder of Texas theater Alamo Drafthouse announced on Twitter that Sony green lighted Thursday screenings. Another theater in Atlanta has announced showtimes on its Facebook page.
Stars James Franco and Seth Rogen took to Twitter to express their pleasure on the decision:
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
The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!!
SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters… http://t.co/0KyZQAB6cf
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 23, 2014
Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory
— Tim League (@timalamo) December 23, 2014
Sony originally announced on Wendesday it had canceled the film’s release after major theater chains dropped out because of threats from a hacking group.
President Obama said during a press conference on Friday that he believed it was a mistake for Sony to cancel the release.