The long, twisting saga of the Sony Pictures hack took a rare positive turn today as it became clear The Interview will see a limited release on its original Christmas Day schedule.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, several indie theaters have negotiated screenings of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy about a hit on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Pulled from release last week amid threats of violence by hackers the U.S. government believes are employed by North Korea, the film is also expected to arrive Thursday on VOD, although Sony's chosen platform remains in doubt.
Screenings of The Interview are set for famed indie chain Alamo Drafthouse's Dallas/Fort Worth location as well as Atlanta's The Plaza Theater. The news follows on an outcry from several independent chains -- most notably New Mexico theater owner and novelist George R.R. Martin –- after major national companies like AMC declined to carry the film.
Sony itself owns a Video On Demand platform in Crackle, but word of its specific VOD plans are unknown. THR reports that theater owners carrying the film were made aware of same-day VOD plans of some sort.
No matter how many theaters the movie bows in on Christmas Day, it's unlikely the story surrounding the film will be over anytime soon.