Sony Lawyer Says 'The Interview' Will Be Released

by Jackie Willis 5:03 PM PST, December 22, 2014
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James Franco and Seth Rogen's The Interview may be down but it's not out.

Sony Pictures attorney David Boies revealed on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that the studio still plans on releasing the comedy after deciding to cancel the film's Christmas Day release day and pull it from theaters. "Sony only delayed this," Boies said of The Interview, which depicts Franco and Rogen attempting to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

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"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed," he continued.

Boies comments seem to be a bit of a contradiction from what Sony was saying on Wednesday. "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," the studio said in a statement.

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Sony announced last week that The Interview would not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it. U.S. officials confirmed that North Korea was behind the cyber attack.

According to CNN, Sony declined to elaborate on Boies' remarks to Meet the Press but they did shoot down a New York Post report claiming that they would release the film on Crackle, their online video site. "No decisions have been made," a company spokesman said. "Sony is still exploring options for distribution."

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While it's still not known when (or if) we'll ever be able buy tickets for The Interview, the comedy's posters have quite the hefty price tag. Mashable reports that some of the posters are being sold at an upwards of $1,000 on eBay.

As they work to get The Interview distributed, Sony has also brought in crisis manager Judy Smith -- the inspiration behind Kerry Washington's Scandal character Olivia Pope -- to help advise the studio that's in need of a serious image overhaul, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Smith was the deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush before she started her own crisis management firm, Smith & Company.

Her more famous clients include Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Snipes and NFL pro Michael Vick.

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Meanwhile, a new leaked email from Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal reveals who she'd like to be the next James Bond. According to The Daily Beast, Pascal wants Luther star Idris Elba to be the next 007.

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President Barack Obama also commented on Sony's recent hacking. "Sony's a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against some of its employees," Obama said during a press conference on Friday. "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake."

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