The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview will now, after all, have a (limited) release on Christmas Day. Sony expects to patch together distribution for the film in 200 to 300 of the smaller cinema theaters.
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and the Plaza Atlanta in Georgia broke the news, announcing plans to show the film on December 25, which was the film’s original release date before the computer hacking threat. “Sony has authorized screenings of The Interview on Christmas Day,” tweeted Tom League, founder of Alamo Drafthouse. “We are making shows available within the hour.” The major cinema theatre chains like Regal or AMC are unlikely to be part of this.
“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a [limited] number of theaters on Christmas Day,” said Michael Lynton, Sony’s CEO. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that our movie reaches the largest possible audience.”
As you will note from our article in the Summer of 2014 on The Interview this Christmas release date was actually not the first date to be announced. In that article we had an October date. We think the date change made may have reflected Sony’s execs low opinion of the quality of the film! What ever the case this film is now a ‘must see”.
UPDATE December 24 2014: The Interview is now available online for $5.99 to rent, or $14.99 to buy. The film is being offered through a dedicated website – seetheinterview.com – as well as via Google (YouTube and Play) and Microsoft (Xbox Video). Currently this is only in the US and Canada.
UPDATE 2 December 28th, 2014 Now also available for $5.99 to rent, or $14.99 to buy, on Apple’s iTunes Store. And it is getting 5 Star reviews from some for just being there!