‘The Interview’ to be released in US cinemas on Christmas Day

The controversial and previously scrapped movie will now be shown in a number of independent cinemas

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s previously scrapped comedy film The Interview is set to be released in a number of independent cinemas in the US on Christmas Day.

The controversial movie was originally due to open in US cinemas on Christmas Day, but Sony Pictures cancelled its release last Wednesday (December 17) in the wake of an apparent safety threat – a decision which was branded “a mistake” by US President Barack Obama. However, BBC News is reporting that the film will get a release after all, with Sony announcing a limited theatrical release.

Cinemas in Austin and Atlanta have already confirmed screenings, with Seth Rogen tweeting: “”The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!”.

Sony Pictures’ chief executive Michael Lynton had previously spoken about the possibility of a YouTube release, following the initial scrapping of the picture, saying to CNN on Saturday (December 20): “We would still like the public to see this movie, absolutely. There are a number of options open to us. And we have considered those, and are considering them.”