Sony Pictures has confirmed that "The Interview," a comedy mocking North Korea featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco, will have a limited theatrical release on Christmas Day.
"We're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," the studio's CEO Michael Lynton confirmed Tuesday.
The film's stars tweeted in response to the news:
The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!— Seth Rogen (@Seth Rogen)1419357975.0
Franco also thanked "President Obacco" for his support of the movie, making light of how President Barack Obama accidentally called him "James Flacco" during a press conference last week.
Carmike Cinemas, which operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters spread across 37 states, was the first major chain to cancel showings after a terrorist threat and a devastating cyberattack against Sony. Shortly thereafter, Sony decided not to move forward with the planned Dec. 25th theatrical release.
U.S. officials believe North Korea is behind the cyberattack on Sony.
President Obama "applauds" Sony's decision, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Tuesday in a statement from Hawaii, where the president is taking a vacation.
“As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression,” Schultz remarked. “The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome.”
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