Magazine article Screen International

The Interview in Limited US Debut

Magazine article Screen International

The Interview in Limited US Debut

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Independent theatre chains across the US confirmed on Tuesday (December 23) they will screen the controversial comedy on December 25 after Sony Pictures initially pulled the release in response to last week's refusal by the five major exhibitors to screen it.

An unnamed spokesperson for the studio said that The Interview will play in more than 200 theatres. Sites include those from the Alamo Drafthouse, Laemmle Theatres and Regency Theaters chains.

President Obama praised the decision to support a limited release. Last week he weighed in on the saga, saying Sony Pictures had made a mistake in pulling the scheduled wide release.

Screendaily understands the film's international roll-out remains on hold.

"We cannot imagine the pressures that have been affecting Sony, at all levels of the organisation they have been under attack," said Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League.

"Amidst this unwarranted chaos, they have regrouped and listened to the public, the government and the exhibition community and responded with resolve and determination.

"At 10:45 AM Sony bookers approved screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other arthouse and independent theatres across the country.

"This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. …

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