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The Interview situation has sparked a national discussion about freedom of expression and the dangers of cyber warfare in the digital age.
The FBI on Friday said it believed North Korea was behind the hack attack on Sony Pictures in retaliation for the comedy that involves the assassination of the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Later in the day, President Obama criticized Sony’s decision to pull the film’s planned Dec. 25 release after hacker organization Guardians of Peace threatened violence against theaters that showed the pic.
According to Variety, it looks like the movie will arrive in theaters after all. Select exhibitors are preparing Christmas Day screenings of the controversial comedy, with the Plaza Atlanta theater and Alamo Drafthouse announcing through social media that Sony Pictures has authorized them to show the film, despite major exhibitors canceling screenings in the wake of the cyber attack that debilitated the studio.
There is also growing speculation that the studio will offer the film via VOD. Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton stated in an interview with CNN on Friday that no on-demand providers had stepped forward to offer to handle the VOD release, but that may have changed in the past few days with the intense media coverage of The Interview situation.
Whatever the outcome, this appears to be the most publicity Seth Rogen and James Franco would have ever expected for their comedy. Stay tuned for more as this story continues to shift daily.