Sony Confirms Limited Theatrical Release of The Interview Citing ‘Free Speech’

After saying they would not allow any theaters to screen The Interview this Christmas, Sony Pictures has reversed course, confirming a limited theatrical release previously teased by theaters like the Alamo Draft House in Texas and Plaza theater in Atlanta.

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton released the following statement on Tuesday:

“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.

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.”

Previously, Sony reportedly rejected the idea of a limited release for the film, telling theaters they wanted to give it a wide release or none at all. The country’s largest movie theater chains said they would not show the film following threats from North Korean hackers, leading the studio to abandon the film altogether. But once President Barack Obama publicly denounced their decision, they appear to have relented.

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