Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed on Dec. 12, 2014 that the movie, “The Interview,” will not be released in Japan and will have a limited release in Asia. Read on for further details.
The controversial movie, “The Interview,” which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, will only be released in the Asia-Pacific countries, Australia and New Zealand. The rest won’t be given a chance to get a glimpse of the movie.
“The Interview” is about two reporters (played by James Franco and Seth Rogen) who have been hired by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
The movie was described by North Korea as an “undisguised sponsoring of terrorism” and appealed to the U.S. and U.N. to block the film from being released.
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s co-chairman Amy Pascal was asked by Kazuo Hirai (chairman of Sony Corporation) to tone down the scene in the film wherein the North Korean leader is struck by a tank shell, causing his head to blow up.
The exchange of emails between Pascal and Hirai was apparently leaked in the recent cyberattack on Sony by a group called Guardians of Peace, including an embarrassing exchange of emails between Scott Rudin and Pascal, wherein Rudin joked about President Obama’s race and called Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat.”
In a report by Bloomberg News, Pascal sent an email to Rogen (writer and director of the film) regarding Hirai’s concerns about a few scenes in the movie, saying, “As embarrassing as this has been from my point of view, you have to appreciate the fact that we haven’t just dictated to you what it had to be.”
Rogen, however, refused to meet all the demands of Hirai, saying, “This is now a story of Americans changing their movie to make North Koreans happy. That is a very damning story,” in one of the leaked emails dated Aug. 15, 2014. His response to the demand was made by removing three or four burn marks on the North Korean leader’s face and reduced the flaming hair by 50 percent.
In October 2014, Rogen delivered the film and hoped that this will be the final version. He said, “We removed the fire from the hair and the entire secondary wave of head chunks. Please tell us this is over now.”
In an article published on Variety, Sony’s spokesman denies any connection of the recent cyberattack with their decision to screen a limited release of the movie in the Asia-Pacific region. Sony’s spokesperson claims that the decision has been made “some time ago.”
The movie will be released in the U.S. on Dec. 25, 2014.
And that’s the latest scoop on “The Interview.” Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates.