Sony Allows Select Theaters to Screen 'The Interview' on Christmas Day
By Jackie Willis
A few theaters delivered some good news Tuesday to holiday movie goers hoping to see The Interview come Christmas.
Nearly a week after Sony Pictures announced that they were pulling Seth Rogen and James Franco's comedy from theaters and canceling its Dec. 25th release, a few select theaters have announced that they have gotten the go-ahead to screen the film.
Alamo Drafthouse, which is based out of Texas and has theaters across the country, confirmed via Twitter that Sony has authorized them to play The Interview. "Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day," Alamo Drafthouse wrote. "We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory."
Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory
It also appears Plaza Atlanta will be screening the film, as they too tweeted: "The Plaza will be one of the few theaters in the nation to open the film."
More theaters are expected to announce that they too will be releasing the movie.
Rogen was quick to react to the news that the movie would be released, writing: "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!"
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!
Franco responded via Instagram, writing, "VICTORY!!!!!!! The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken!!! SONY to release THE INTERVIEW in theaters on XMAS DAY!"
He also poked fun at President Obama flubbing his name at a press conference Friday -- Obama referred to Franco as "James Flacco" -- in another post shortly after.
"CELEBRATING!!!!! "The Interview" starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!" he joked.
Sony announced last week that The Interview -- which depicts Franco and Rogen attempting to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un -- 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.
Just two days before Christmas, the production company was happy to confirm that the comedy would play in select theaters. "We have never given up on releasing The Interviewand we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said. "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."
"While we hope this is only the first step of the film's release, we are proud to make it available to the public," the statement concludes, "and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech."
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