Great news for movie fans everywhere! After weeks of uncertainty, mass controversy and various degrees of outrage, The Interview will finally be released by Sony!
David Boies, lawyer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, recently put worries to rest on NBC's Meet the Press by confirming that, despite 9/11-esque terrorist threats demanding otherwise, the satirical comedy will be distributed:
Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed.
Though the company may have made a mis-step by initially buckling to terrorist demands, it's fantastic to see them finally come around to the right decision!
Freedom and Fireballs
That's right ladies and gents - you'll finally be able to watch the North Korean leader, Kim Jon Un, get ripped to fleshy bits by a fiery inferno until your freedom-loving hearts are content!
The Interview recently sparked massive controversy around the world, prompting the unpredictable, nuclear-armed nation of North Korea to threaten a “resolute and merciless response” to what they view as an "act of war."
Appalled by the movie's supposedly offensive content, a cyber-terrorist group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace issued Sony a threat, declaring:
The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.
Sony took drastic action by canceling the film's New York premier and pulling the film from all US cinemas, costing them over $40 million in losses.
Obama Isn't Angry, Just Disappointed
Speaking at a recent press conference, President Obama said that Sony "made a mistake" by canceling the release:
We cannot have a society in which some dictator somewhere can start imposing censorship here in the United States.
Like Obama, many of you passionate movie fans out there have been reflecting this anti-censorship sentiment. The United States is not a country that gives into criminal bullies, not to mention terrorist threats.
With the President's backing, it seems Sony has finally decided to stand up to the terrorists, defending our right to free expression.
So How Can I Watch it?
Well, Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has offered to screen the movie at his own private cinema, but it's looking more likely that The Interview will be distributed online.
Although no major video-on-demand services have been willing to distribute it, one possible option for Sony would be to release the movie on Crackle; a streaming service that the company already owns.
Considering the extensive media coverage that The Interview has attracted, Sony surely has a huge audience already gagging to see the film that caused all the recent hysteria. Perhaps it'll not only be a win for freedom, but a financial success for Sony too...