After being hacked, threatened, chastised, and then apparently forgiven, beleaguered Sony Pictures is expected to announce that it will in fact go ahead with a theatrical and video-on-demand release of its hot-button film The Interview on Christmas Day, according to numerous sources (including the Twitter accounts of various theater chains).
The stoner comedy, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogan as reporters who are tasked with killing North Korean “dear leader” Kim Jong-un in a weed-fueled assassination plot, was originally shelved by Sony Pictures after the “Guardians of Peace” group claiming responsibility for Sony Pictures’ hack made terrorist-style threats against theaters that dared to show the movie. However, The Wrap now claims that Sony Pictures has fully recanted and will make an announcement today about a Christmas Day theatrical release for The Interview, as well as distribution on an unspecified video-on-demand service.
It’s unknown if Sony Pictures’ decision has anything to do with the statement issued last Friday by Guardians of Peace consenting to the movie’s release—on the condition that the scene in which Kim Jong-un is actually killed be excised (or at least toned down so that it isn’t “too happy;” the exact intent of the language is unclear).
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