WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to release the comedy The Interview on Christmas Day, just days after it was cancelled for release due to an extensive computer hacker attack.
The movie stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and depicts the graphic assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hackers linked by the FBI to that country have targeted Sony, releasing damaging emails and threatening 9/11 violence if the film was to be shown in theaters.
Tim League, founder of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, announced on Twitter that Sony had agreed to release the film and he was scheduling showtimes for Christmas Day.
Breaking news: Sony has authorized screenings of THE INTERVIEW on Christmas Day. We are making shows available within the hour. #Victory— Tim League (@timalamo) December 23, 2014
Shortly after, Sony confirmed the news, saying it had agreed to a limited release of the film in the United States on Dec. 25.
"We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton in a prepared announcement. "We are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.
"While we hope this is only the first step of the film's release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech."