"The Interview" would head to North American theaters on Christmas Day instead of October 10. Sony announced on Thursday, August 7 that the controversial action-comedy movie would like to benefit from the holiday season.
"The combination of Seth, Evan and James is pure comedic magic," Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for the studio, said in a statement. He added, "We're thrilled to be making the move to Christmas - one of the most important moviegoing days of the year and the perfect date to show off their brand of comedy."
On the new date, "The Interview" faces competition from Angelina Jolie's WWII drama "Unbroken", Martin Luther King movie "Selma", musical "Into the Woods", comedy sequel "Hot Tub Time Machine 2", family movie "Paddington" and Margaret Keane biopic "Big Eyes".
"The Interview" stars James Franco as a reporter and Seth Rogen as his producer who run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong Un.
Rogen co-directed the movie with Evan Godlberg using the screenplay by Dan Sterling.
Last month, Kim Jong Un filed a U.N. complaint over the Hollywood comedy through North Korea's Ambassador for the United Nations, Ja Song Nam. "To allow 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," Nam said in the complaint letter.