The highly controversial movie The Interview will finally get its release, although not quite as spectacularly as previously planned. Deadline reported that the movie will, at least, be shown in about 100 indie theatres in the United States on Christmas Day.
In the meantime, Sony Pictures Entertainment is still continuing its efforts to “secure more platforms and more theatres so that the movie reaches the largest possible audience”, while also thanking those who have worked through the challenging month after a group of hackers infiltrated Sony’s network.
A few theatre owners have already taken to Twitter to share the news about showcasing The Interview, including Austin, Texas-based theatre chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League and Atlanta’s The Plaza.
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
Breaking Plaza News: The Interview will open Exclusive on 12/25 . The Plaza will be one of the few theaters in the nation to open the film .
— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 23, 2014
Last week, Sony cancelled its scheduled release of The Interview‘s New York premiere after the hackers, who call themselves Guardians of Peace, threatened movie-goers against watching the film by condemning them to a “bitter fate” in a statement it released.
Nevertheless, U.S. president Barack Obama later shut down the hackers’ claims, assuring people that the authorities found “no credible evidence” of a “serious threat to theatres” and even encouraged movie-goers to continue going to the movies.
More recently, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said, in a statement, that the “president applauds Sony’s decision to authorise screening of the film”.
“As the President made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theatres allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome,” Schultz said.