Obama lauds Sony U-turn on releasing the comedy film on North Korea

Thanks to a U-turn by Sony Pictures, 'The Interview' - the movie that created much furore and buzz even before hitting the box office in America, will now be released in some theatres on Christmas Day. The move has been hailed by the movie makers and the White House, which hailed the measure, saying 'the US believes in free speech'.

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Dec 24, 2014, 08:07 AM IST
Obama lauds Sony U-turn on releasing the comedy film on North Korea

Washington: Thanks to a U-turn by Sony Pictures, 'The Interview' - the movie that created much furore and buzz even before hitting the box office in America, will now be released in some theatres on Christmas Day. The move has been hailed by the movie makers and the White House, which hailed the measure, saying 'the US believes in free speech'.

“The Interview” is said to be a comedy film on North Korea and the movie plot revolves around an assassination plot by two US journalist to kill Kim Jong Un.

Sony Pictures had pulled the plug on the release of the movie after it witnessed a hacking attack that exposed embarrassing details like emails, internal communications and salary, etc. Also there were threats posed to the cinema chains if they screened the movie.

The US blamed North Korea for the severe hacking attack on Sony Pictures, however the hrmit kingdom, as usually, retorted with a denial and brickbats, threatening to “blow up the White House”.

Following the cyberattacks row with the US, there was a severe internet outage in North Korea, but the services have been restored now.

President Barack Obama too had taken a serious note of the issue and called Sony's decision to not release the movie a “mistake”.

However, after the Sony declared that it will release the movie on X-Mas day, a Whit House spokesperson hailed the move, saying that it showed how in US, free speech prevails.

The White added that President Barack Obama "applauds Sony`s decision to authorize screenings of the film," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement, reported Reuters.

"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," Schultz said.

More elated were the movie directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who expressed their delight on their Twitter accounts, hailing the President, the US and the freedom.

While Goldberg thanked all for the unflinching support, Rogen wrote, “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed!"

James Franco, who is another lead actor besides Rogen, tweeted “Victory!!”.