Sony still keen to release The Interview

Sony is pushing to get ‘The Interview’ released on a different platform.

'The Interview' could be made available to viewers online, Mark Boardman told LBC radio.
‘The Interview’ could be made available to viewers online, Mark Boardman told LBC radio.

Plans to release the controversial film – which concerns a meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un – were scrapped following terrorism threats, but Sony has suggested it’d be willing to make the film available online.

In a statement, the company said: ”Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment.

”For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released.

”Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.”

Movie publicist Mark Boardman told LBC radio that Sony were looking at ways to release the movie and that their investment of $44m would not be locked in the Sony vaults for too long,

He added “The movie which was due for release this month must find a digitital distribution platform, no UK cinema chain will show the movie and so an outlet like Google Play must come forward for release”.

Sony explained that the film – which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco – has not been released because US cinemas refused to show it over terrorism fears

The company explained: ”The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theatre owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision.

”Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theatres, after the theatre owners declined to show it.

”Without theatres, we could not release … on Christmas Day. We had no choice.”

Sony added: ”It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.”

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