Report: Sony to release "The Interview" after all (updated)

The founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, tweeted that they'll show screenings on Christmas

Published December 23, 2014 6:10PM (EST)

James Franco and Seth Rogen in "The Interview"            (CTMG, Inc.)
James Franco and Seth Rogen in "The Interview" (CTMG, Inc.)

After a drawn-out saga, Sony's "The Interview" will be screened in select theaters on Christmas Day after all.

After several theaters posted on social media that they'd be showing "The Interview" Sony Entertainment's Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, said in a statement:

"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. 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."

Founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Tim League, announced on Friday that they will be making the Seth Rogan comedy available on Christmas Day:

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The Hollywood Reporter confirmed with James Wallace the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's creative manager and programmer at the Dallas/Fort Worth theater that "The Interview" would be playing, and tickets would be on sale shortly.

The Plaza Atlanta theater in Georgia also posted on social media that it would be showing "The Interview."

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(Salon has attempted to reach Plaza Atlanta for confirmation, and will update accordingly.)

The comedy, which stars Seth Rogan and James Franco, centers around a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.

Earlier on Tuesday afternoon Rogan tweeted:

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Last week it was announced that the film would not be released as scheduled, after five major theater chains decided not to show the film due to threats of 9/11 style violence. Sony was also the target of a cyberattack from hackers known as Guardians of Peace, who released a slew of embarrassing emails from company heads.

Since the decision not to release the film, Sony and the theaters have taken quite a bit of flak for being "chickenshits" caving to the demands of an autocratic regime. President Obama even weighed in last week calling the decision to pull the film a "mistake."

Sony has also weighed releasing the film via video on demand, according to The Wrap.

This post was updated with a statement from Sony and tweet from Seth Rogan.

By Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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