“The Interview,” the controversial comedy that was pulled from movie theaters, is back on and it will be shown on one day only, December 25, Christmas Day, as a limited release. One of the theaters confirmed to show the film is the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Richardson, a Dallas suburb. Two of the four shows are sold out.
The Alamo Drafthouse is one of the independent theaters across the country have been authorized this limited release showing of “The Interview” on Christmas Day.
He tweeted, “Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory,” Leaque said.
“See the movie North Korea really, REALLY doesn’t want you to see… this time for realsies,” Alamo Drafthouse DFW posted shortly afterward.
Following the week of concerns over security threats, as Breitbart News reported, Sony pulled the Seth Rogan comedy about an assassination plot against Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader.
Sony originally canceled the Christmas Day release after a group calling itself Guardians of Peace threatened 9/11-style attacks on theaters showing the film. In its place, the Alamo Drafthouse was going to show Team America: World Police but Paramount Pictures shut down that plan.
“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,” Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, wrote in a statement.
“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,” he added.
For now, it will be a screening that will redefine limited release. Sony is also reportedly working on deals to release the controversial film on demand and through Crackle, its own streaming service, also according to FOX-4.
A plan to distribute “The Interview” over Dish Network fell apart after talks between Sony and the satellite TV provider broke down over the weekend, The Wrap reported.
Lynton also thanked ‘The Interview’ talent and Sony 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.”
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