Controversial Rogen/Franco comedy ‘The Interview’ to open in UK cinemas next month

In the US, 'The Interview' has become Sony Pictures' most successful online movie ever

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s increasingly notorious film The Interview is to be released in the UK next month.

The controversial comedy will open in UK cinemas on February 6, Sony Pictures has confirmed. Rogen and Franco star as celebrity journalists who land an interview with North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-Un, but are instructed by the CIA to assassinate him.

The Interview was originally supposed to open in over 3,000 US cinemas on Christmas Day, but Sony Pictures cancelled its release just eight days before it was due out in the wake of an apparent safety threat – a decision which was branded “a mistake” by US President Barack Obama. However, the film was eventually given a limited US release on Christmas Day and has now taken around $5 million (£3.3 million) at the North American box office after being shown in around 300 cinemas.

Sony Pictures has also managed to claw back a sizable chunk of the film’s $75 million (£50 million) production and promotion budget through a successful on-demand release in the US, which has now raked in $31 million (£21 million), making The Interview Sony’s most successful online movie ever.

Despite the film’s apparently controversial subject matter, The Interview has received mixed reviews from US film critics and currently holds a 53% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.