Sony Pictures has announced plans for a theatrical release for “The Interview,” the movie that is at the center of a cyberattack on the studio that was allegedly orchestrated by North Korea.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will come out Christmas Day for a limited release.
In a statement issued today, Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said: “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.”
The report cites a source with knowledge of the situation saying Sony is telling theaters “The Interview” will have a simultaneous VOD release.
“It is not clear which VOD platform the studio will use or whether the studio has locked down a deal,” THR notes. “That move, though, is likely to further alienate the larger chains that insist that when movies are released theatrically there shouldn’t be simultaneous VOD releases. So far, none of the major circuits have come on board, but as of noon Pacific time Tuesday, Sony had commitments from almost 200 theaters to show the film, and that number could go slightly higher as other theaters decide on their plans.”