James Franco and Seth Rogen will attempt to take their best shot at Kim Jong-Un on British soil after all: "The Interview" is set for a UK cinema release, despite having been available to watch online for weeks.
Sony Pictures says "The Interview" will be released in cinemas on its originally planned UK release date of February 6. However, cinema chains are cagey about whether they will show the controversial comedy, which in an unusual move was released to video-on-demand services after a major cyberattack on the studio caused Sony to back away from the planned theatrical release. Cinemas must now decide whether people will still want to turn up and pay to see a film they can watch for a few quid in the comfort of their homes.
The Cinema Exhibitors' Association would say only that it was up to individual cinema companies whether they chose to show "The Interview." Vue says "No decision has been made yet with regard to showing the film." Odeon and UCI have yet to respond to a request for comment.
Cineworld has, however, given the thumbs-up to the assassination-based satire, a spokesperson telling CNET the company "highly anticipates screening 'The Interview' from 6 February across the majority of our sites."
"The Interview" was at the centre of a storm of controversy when movie studio Sony Pictures was targeted in a huge hack that exposed private emails, unreleased movies, financial information and other embarrassing data. The US hasbecause of the hack, which was thought to have been carried out in response to the storyline of the film involving two Americans recruited to kill North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un.
Although it was initially pulled from the planned theatrical release in the US, "The Interview" did make it into some movie theatres and limped to $3 million at the box office. But it pulled in a whopping $30 million from online services, including iTunes, Google Play and Sony's streaming services, making it Sony's biggest online hit.
Watching "The Interview" -- even though Kim Jong-un doesn't want you to -- may strike a blow for truth, justice and the American way, but it probably won't do much to tickle your funny bone: despite being largely panned by critics., the film's laboured comedy has been