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Sony to release 'The Interview' on Dec. 25 after all

Call it a Christmas miracle for the First Amendment, or perhaps Sony again bowing to pressure, this time from Washington instead of terrorists. Either way, the movie will be released to some theaters.

"The Interview" is back on after being called off amid terrorist threats. Sony Pictures

"The Interview" is back on.

That's the message from Sony and some of its partners, who have agreed to begin showing the satirical movie about an assassination plot against North Korea's dictator on Dec. 25.

"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," said Michael Lynton, head of Sony Entertainment, in a statement Tuesday. "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."

Some theaters have already begun publishing viewing times for the film, including including the Alamo Drafthouse theater. Other theaters have also claimed plans to offer showings.

The move is a surprising twist in what has become one of the largest corporate dramas of the year. Late in November, Sony Pictures became the victim of a cyberattack from hackers who stole thousands of documents from the company's computer systems and released them on the Internet. Since then, the company has been at the center of criticism, both for revelations stemming from the documents that were released, and for bowing to demands of terrorists, who threatened 9/11-style attacks on any movie theater showing "The Interview."

The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and centers on a US government plot to kill Kim Jong-Un, North Korea's dictatorial leader. The reclusive government has complained about the film for months, but ratcheted up its rhetoric after being accused of responsibility for the Sony hack.