"The Interview" Will Have A Limited Release On Christmas Day After All

Sony's announcement comes less than a week after the film studio canceled the Dec. 25 release of the James Franco–Seth Rogen movie in the wake of hacker threats.

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Five days after Sony canceled the Dec. 25 release of The Interview in the wake of threats from hackers who the FBI believes are in North Korea, the studio announced on Tuesday that the movie will have a limited release on its original Christmas Day date.

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However, after looking at the FBI's findings, some cybersleuths told BuzzFeed News they are doubtful North Korea was behind the hack, one of the worst in history.

In a statement, Sony Entertainment's chairman and CEO said the studio is hoping to get the movie out on more platforms. According to a Sony spokesperson, The Interview will play in more than 200 theaters.

"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," Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, said in a statement obtained by BuzzFeed News. "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."

The news broke when Tim League, founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, tweeted on Tuesday morning that Sony had decided to authorize screenings, and released its showtimes.

Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory

Tim League@timalamoFollow

Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory

11:55 AM - 23 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In a statement, Alamo Drafthouse said The Interview will be playing at many of their locations and they will be releasing which theaters are screening the film and showtimes via twitter.

"We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organization they have been under attack," Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League said in a statement. "Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and listened to the public, the government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and determination. At 10:45 AM Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theaters across the country."

"This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression. Two days till Christmas, and I am proud to be an American."

Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, also tweeted screening times for the film.

The Interview -Times Christmas Day 4pm 5pm 6:30 7:30 9:35 12/26 to 1/1 times will be announced tomorrow. On 2 screens

Plaza Atlanta@PlazaAtlantaFollow

The Interview -Times Christmas Day
4pm
5pm
6:30
7:30
9:35
12/26 to 1/1 times will be announced tomorrow.
On 2 screens

12:37 AM - 23 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sony's original decision to pull the movie was met with tremendous backlash, from Hollywood, the White House, and potential viewers. On Friday, Sony issued a statement saying they were exploring other ways to release the film to the public on different platforms.

Though a few theaters have announced that they will screen the film, the three big U.S. chains — AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas, and Cinemark — did not immediately return BuzzFeed News' request for comment as to whether or not they will show The Interview.

Seth Rogen couldn't be happier.

The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!

Seth Rogen@SethrogenFollow

The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!

1:06 PM - 23 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And James Franco is apparently singing with glee.

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Franco also joked about President Obama flubbing his name — James "Flanco" — during a press conference last week.

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Emily Orley is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Orley reports on the television industry.

Contact Emily Orley at emily.orley@buzzfeed.com.

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