Sony Will Let ‘The Interview’ Play at 200 Select Theaters Despite Threats

Sony Will Let ‘The Interview’ Play at 200 Select Theaters Despite Threats
Wed Dec 24, 2014 09:40:49

Some two hundred theaters will screen “The Interview” starting Christmas Day, Sony announced Tuesday, notwithstanding threats of terrorism and murmurings of an international cyberwar spawned by the controversial movie before it could even be released.

“We have never given up on releasing ‘The Interview,’ and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters Christmas Day,” Sony Entertainment Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement on Tuesday morning. “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.”

A Sony spokesman later added that the list currently includes more than two hundred of theaters, Reuters reported.

“The Interview” — a comedy whose plot involves a plan to assassinate North Korean President Kim Jong Un — had long been scheduled to open in theaters across the United States on December 25. Sony pulled the plug on those plans last week, however, in the midst of an international scandal that has spread from Hollywood to Pyongyang and the world over.

A massive computer hack, suffered by Sony last month, has continued to cause embarrassment for the company, with pilfered emails being disseminated on the web. The breach has since been attributed by federal investigators in the US to North Korea. Although the Kim regime hasn’t taken responsibility, a series of vague threats made over the internet against theaters, which planned to screen ‘The Interview’, led to Sony’s decision last week to keep the film off movie screens as more and more cinemas expressed apprehension about showing it.


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