Sony Allows Limited Release of 'The Interview' on Christmas Day

Seth Rogen and James Franco overjoyed after distributor reverses decision.
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Just in time for Christmas Sony will be releasing the interview after all to any theater. That wants to show what the reversal coming just a week after Sony had decided to cancel the film's release. Hello everyone I'm Michelle Franzen in New York Sony sudden reversal. Comes a day after North Korea's Internet went down the people behind the movie are overjoyed. At the news the movie's producer and co lead Seth Rogen between this out just moments ago. The people of spoke and freedom has prevailed Sony didn't give up the interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Christmas Day. And the movie's other star James Franco sane on its to Graham. Celebrating. The interviews starring Seth Rogen and James. Flacco has saved by President Obama co I mean President Obama sorry reference seen President Obama mistake in his last name and post seen that photo was well ABC's and that Miller is in Los Angeles and has the latest on this story Emmett. Michelle Sony is definitely changing direction here and the first theaters to jump on the bandwagon and agree to screen this film have been across the southeast and Atlanta. The list is growing and Hollywood is during Aman. The movie that led to a hack attack on Sony Pictures and has North Korea seating may indeed be in theaters by Christmas Day. Sony originally pulled release of the interview amid threats of violence but in a statement Sony now says we've never given up on releasing the interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters Christmas. The US State Department is neither confirming nor denying that it was behind the outage. This as President Obama continues to accuse North Korea of cyber vandalism promising to respond proportionally. As we implement Paris France's. At some will be seen some may not be seen Pyongyang's counters that the US government was the real power behind the making of the interview you are entering into the most dangerous country on earth. A Seth Rogen film about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung. If the US did this they're clearly. Defining what the parameters are for this type of activity this could be devastating if it leads to an escalation of this type of warfare. Cyber security experts say hacking North Korea's Internet was fairly uncomplicated it's called the denial of service. The country's web system is primitive and electricity is sparse. By satellite China and South Korea shined brightly and North Korea is a black boy. Sony says the interview is one of the film that they want to reach as large an audience is possible on Christmas Day they say they're proud to have stood up to those who would suppress free speech. In Los Angeles Emmett Miller. ABC news. All right and that do we know what made today Sony change its stance. In the statement they released they didn't say anything about that you gotta remember they got a lot of criticism from Hollywood when they decided to. As Hollywood called it caved to cyber terrorism so that might have something to do that we'll keep posted. All right. Thanks a lot of it and right now wanna bring an ABC's Tommy Thomas Tom a lot of moving parts here give you an idea all the trouble last week how surprising is it TU. About this reversal. Well at such incredibly surprising because one that we. So he's been saying all we get their gonna release the film in some form now they wouldn't say exactly when action a conversation last night. With a Sony represented at who said he would come out before the end of the year. But that person seems to come out somewhere on a BOD system. Not with heaters not dvd. What really happened here in the back back story is that when Sony CEO went on CNN and he blamed the theater owners for pulling this film. He said that the orders came to us and said we're not gonna show this film wind that happened to theater owners were. You mean it's only because they said listen this was all it only our call this was your calls well Sony C you'll had to backtrack go back to speed orders. And apologized conversations started. On top of all this the were in depend. Theater owners would. It is show this film they really wanted to show the interview. Finally silly talk to them and today we have this news in Cleveland in Dallas in Atlanta and tonight the list is growing and it could be major ones major theaters that jump in back on. Back into that group again we'll have to see a mean with a major theaters he takes a lot. More time because they're Peter chains that own scores if not hundreds of theaters around the country so it takes a lot of planning we'll have to wait and see right now we're just seen. It's the independent theaters but our producers and reporters that are Apple's independent years right now C. Tickets already being sold and some of the ticket buyers are telling our producers we're not to let terror stop us we're not what can jump and stop us we're gonna see this movie. We're sure he's the showings are all gonna sell out I guarantee. A lot of buzz Sony still reeling though from the aftermath of that hack attack including asking Twitter to take down. Hacked contact what can tell us about that yeah we'll apparently Sony threatened Twitter because people were tweeting links to some of the hacked information some of the leaked information is embarrassing emails. Some of the information that contain Saudi databases. You know that Haq. One of the worst things the hacked it was at a kind of really showed all of Sony's cards it should be inside workings of the company Sony incredibly embarrassed with all the stuff that came out including the languages and those emails so people were basically tweet out links that linked back to those that hacked information Sony threatening a lawsuit are not commenting on their legal letter. But right now which is kind of back and forth the lawsuits have been filed. And including some of the other developments we've also gotten word that the White House just released this statement quote the president applauds Sony's decision to authorize screenings of the film. As the president made clear we are a country that believes in free speech and the right of artistic expression the decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film. And we welcome that outcome now we mentioned that tickets sales he said there are already some sort of hot and buzzing how do you think it will play out over these next few days. If it's just in a few limited theaters. I think it's going to be a hot ticket to get I think you'll see movie tickets appeared on stub hub which you never see I think people like to maybe make more money at the tickets are able to get lines. Going back to the president's statement you know silly hats to really think. The president because he came out there he was the forceful one who said. Sony made a mistake they should have done this. And he kind of put it out their that the movie should be shown and now it is being shown on top of all this is the story that you know maybe possibly the US. Happen to North Korea system as well there Internet has been going off and on the past few days yesterday was off for nine hours so we'll wait and see what happens North Korea this. All right a reversal by Sony and perhaps a reversal of fortune tongue elements thank you very much thank you. And of course you can keep up with this story in real time by downloading the ABC news apt and starring this story for those exclusive updates on the go. For now I'm Michelle Frandsen in New York.

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