Interview Scores A Limited Xmas Release

It appears Sony Pictures is set to screen the controversial James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview” at Christmas after all.

The official social media feeds of both the Alamo Drafthouse and the Plaza Atlanta theater have announced that Sony Pictures has authorized them to show the film on Christmas Day. They also indicate only a handful of theaters around the nation will show the film following the cancellation of the release in the wake of the major exhibitor chains opting out of the movie.

At the same time, Variety reports that there is growing speculation that the studio will offer the film via VOD. A few days ago Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton indicated that no on-demand providers had stepped forward to offer handling the film’s VOD release, but those circumstances may have changed.

Seth Rogen also responded to the news on Twitter, saying: “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!”

This all follows on from an interesting 24 hours in the saga of the Sony Pictures hack, with North Korea finding itself without internet services for almost ten hours yesterday after when it became the subject of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Deadline reports that the U.S. government has also called on North Korea to compensate Sony Pictures for the cyber attack that has cost the studio millions, though the North Korean government maintains its position that it was not behind the attack.