It’s been quite a ride for Sony Pictures Entertainment. After being the victims of one of the biggest cyber hacking crimes the U.S. has ever seen, and deciding to cancel the Christmas day release of their controversial film, “The Interview;” the studio has decided to release the movie in up to 100 theaters.
In an official Sony statement from Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, “Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Interview will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on Christmas Day. We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day.”
The studio was threatened, as were moviegoers if the movie, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was shown in theaters, or on any viewing platform for that matter. The FBI confirmed that the North Korean government was behind the hacking.
The Sony statement added, “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.I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month. While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.”
As a U.S. moviegoer, would you take a chance and see “The Interview.”