Sony Pictures Entertainment has pushed James Franco and Seth Rogen’s “The Interview” release date. Read on for more details about this story.
Seth Rogen’s “The Interview” has been pushed back from its Oct. 10, 2014 release date to Dec. 25, 2014, moving the pic, as Deadline puts it, “into a time when college kids start coming into the marketplace on school break.”
This will be Franco and Rogen’s reunion since both have starred in the movies “Pineapple Express” and “This Is the End.” Sony President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer told Deadline that Seth and Franco’s tandem is “pure comedic magic.”
“In our early screenings of The Interview, we’ve seen that they’ve delivered yet again, and we’re thrilled to be making the move to Christmas – one of the most important movie-going days of the year and the perfect date to show off their brand of comedy,” added Bruer in a statement published on Deadline.
In “The Interview,” celebrity journalist David Skylark is played by Franco and his producer Aaron Rapoport, played by Rogen, of the tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” Skylark lands an interview with North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un, portrayed by Randall Park, and discovers that the leader is a big fan of the show. In the hopes of scoring higher ratings, the duo books a ticket to Pyongyang, only to be intervened by the CIA, recruiting and instructing the partners for the assassination of the North Korean Leader.
Controversially, On June 25, 2014, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) condemned the film, describing it as an act of war.
“Making and releasing a film that portrays an attack on our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated,” said the KCNA, citing a government spokesman.
The administration warned of a “decisive and merciless countermeasure” if the release of the film went ahead. Earlier, a similar outrage occurred when Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un’s father, was infuriated by “Team America: World Police,” a parody film by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, in which Kim Jong-il is portrayed as the primary antagonist.
North Korean United Nations ambassador, Ja Song Nam, complained about the film on the grounds that “the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.”
The comedy film will be facing off against five other contenders for its release in Christmas, going toe-to-toe with Universal’s ”Unbroken,” Weinstein Co’s “Paddington,” Paramount’s “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” and Disney’s “Into The Woods.” While in its vacated slot, it would have faced with “Alexander and the Terrible,” “Horrible,” “No Good,” “Very Bad Day” and the Robert Downey Jr. drama, “The Judge.”
“The Interview” is a film directed and written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, co-written with Dan Sterling.
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