The Interview is dead! Long live The Interview!
After announcing that the assassination buddy comedy was to be shelved indefinitely, following a hacking scandal and subsequent terrorist threats, Sony has announced that it is exploring alternative ways to release the film. In a statement to the Wrap, Sony committed to releasing the movie, somehow: "[We are] actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform," the company said in a statement. "It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so."
This follows an announcement by Sony two days previous that stated the studio had "no further" release plans for The Interview, in video-on-demand or any other format.
The studio also insisted its decision to pull The Interview from theaters was based solely on cinema owners refusing to screen it — not a response to extortion. "The decision not to move forward with the Dec. 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation's theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision."
Comedy fans may have President Barack Obama to thank. Sony's reversal comes on the heels of President Obama's criticism of Sony for pulling the film. During a press conference on Friday, in which he described himself as a fan of "James Flacco," President Obama said that the studio had "made a mistake" by canceling the premiere of the film. "I would have told them do not get into a pattern where you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks," he added.