In the wake of the hacking scandal and terror threats allegedly instigated by North Korea, Sony canceled its theatrical release of the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy ‘The Interview’ and initially claimed that the film would never see the light of day on any platform. More recently, the studio has backed off a little and may be open to the possibility of releasing the movie somewhere, eventually. If it does get released, do you have any interest in seeing it?
First off, I don’t believe that any theaters were really in danger of being attacked by terrorists over this movie. Those sounded like patently empty threats to me. I’m also inclined to believe the recent article at Wired which posits that this is all the work of hacktivists using North Korea as a scapegoat to distract attention from the real culprits and their real goals. Maybe I’m wrong and we’ll start World War III over a stupid stoner comedy, but the North Korea story seems dubious to me.
Whatever the case, the Christmas theatrical release for ‘The Interview’ was canceled, but the film may come out somewhere later on – perhaps on VOD or direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray. No doubt, all this fuss about the movie will have the effect of drawing extra attention to it, and many viewers who would normally pass it over will wind up seeing it after all.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the Rogen/Franco comedies. I thought ‘Pineapple Express’ was terrible, and ‘This Is the End’ was only fitfully amusing and played out its single joke for way too long. I had no intention of seeing ‘The Interview’ before this hacking scandal, and I still don’t. I might watch it if it turns up on HBO, but I won’t pay money to see it.
Are you more interested in this movie than I am?