After some back-and-forth in the public arena, The Interview is back on for Christmas Day, and Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson is one of the independent theaters on the list to premiere the controversial film.
"We have never given up on releasing The Interview, and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," said Michael Lynton, Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO, in a statement released on December 23.
Alamo head honcho Tim League tweeted out the news, stating that Sony had authorized screenings on Christmas Day. Alamo was one of the entities that joined a petition on December 22, asking the studio to permit release of the film, stating, "The independent exhibitors of America are willing to stand up for freedom ... the freedom to show R-rated buddy comedies with abundant dick jokes."
The film is a stoner comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists who somehow land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and who are then enlisted by the CIA to try to kill him. It was pulled from theaters after threats from hackers, igniting such a storm of controversy that even President Barack Obama weighed in, saying that he thought that pulling the movie was a mistake.
According to the Alamo showtimes, this won't be a Christmas-only thing. The theater has at least two screenings scheduled every day through January 1, though it surely will add more times and dates if the movie proves popular. While Alamo is the most high-profile Texas theater to show The Interview, Look Cinemas in North Dallas and Texas Theatre in Dallas will also screen the film.
A jubilant Seth Rogen took to twitter, proclaiming, "The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up!"