SEVERAL US cinemas have said they will begin showing The Interview on Thursday, seemingly putting the comedy back on screen after Sony Pictures Entertainment cancelled its release.
The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas said Sony has authorised it to screen the film starting on Christmas Day. Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre also said it will show the film.
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Representatives for Sony did not immediately comment.
Such a release would enable The Interview to open in select cinemas and avoid the national chains that dropped the North Korea satire last week. Sony’s cancellation of the movie following terrorist threats from hackers drew widespread criticism, including from President Barack Obama.
The FBI has said the attacks on Sony came from North Korea.
Today’s development came after several North Korean websites suffered an hours-long shutdown that followed a US vow to respond to the cyber attack on Sony.
The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the US government was responsible for the internet shutdown in one of the least-wired and poorest countries in the world.
Though it denies responsibility for the Sony hack, Pyongyang has called it a “righteous deed”.
It has made clear its fury over The Interview, a comedy that depicts the assassination of the North’s authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un, the head of a 1.2 million-man army and the focus of an intense cult of personality.
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