Satirical Movie ‘The Interview’ Now Showing! Regarded as the First Hollywood Movie to be Shown Online Before Theatrical Release
Just a day after Sony Pictures gave the green light for screenings of “The Interview” in a limited number of theaters, more news came out in the early hours of Christmas-eve reporting that the motion pictures studio will be releasing the film via video-on-demand, popularly known as VOD.
According to Brian Stelter of CNN, “The Interview will be available to rent on Youtube”, but the negotiations are still on. Furthermore, the journalist added that the prominent video-sharing website will probably not be the only service to transmit the “notorious” film. Other platforms now confirmed through which the movie is expected to be released include Google’s Play service, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and a dedicated Web site, yet to be announced.
Although, last week it was uncertain whether movie lovers would ever see the movie based on terror threats received by Sony from the Guardians of Peace and Sony’s initial decision to cancel the screenings. Sony Pictures was thereafter highly criticized for their decision to abort the release by respected members of the Hollywood community as well as President Barrack Obama. However, it seems like the mounting criticisms may have “forced” Sony to re-examine and consequently revert their initial plans.
On Tuesday, the studio announced that the movie will be available in selected theaters on Christmas Day, with the latter changing their schedules to add showtimes. The most possible scenario right now is that the film, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, will be shown in more than 200 theatres in US concurrently with the on-demand release. You can view the list of all theaters that will show “The Interview” here.
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