Sony Announces Surprise Screenings Of ‘The Interview’ On Christmas Day

December 23, 2014 12:43 p.m.

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.

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 Wrap also reported that Sony will release the film on demand. The film’s promotional Twitter page also appears to have relaunched.

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.

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