Sony Pictures announced today that The Interview, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, has been pushed from October 10, 2014 to December 25, 2014. The upcoming comedy will go up against Paramount's Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Disney's Into the Woods, Universal's Unbroken and The Weinstein Company's Paddington on Christmas Day.
Here's what Sony President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer had to say about the new release date in a statement.
"The combination of Seth (Rogen), Evan (Goldberg), and James (Franco) 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 moviegoing days of the year and the perfect date to show off their brand of comedy."
Seth Rogen and his filmmaking partner Evan Goldberg wrote and directed The Interview, which centers on a talk show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) who learn that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un is a fan of their show. While they make plans to visit and interview the dictator, the CIA tasks them with pulling off an unlikely assassination attempt.
The Interview has been no stranger to controversy as of late, with Kim Jong-Un himself denouncing the movie in June, while a North Korean United Nations ambassador declared last month that the comedy is considered an "act of war."
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