Sony releases 'The Interview' on streaming services
Fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco can now watch "The Interview" from the comfort of their couches.
In an about-face, Sony Pictures Entertainment released the movie on Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video and a separate Sony website on Wednesday. The film costs $5.99 to stream and $14.99 to purchase.
"The Interview" will also open in about 200 movie theaters on Christmas Day. Independent movie houses, including some on Long Island, plan to show the film.
Actor Seth Rogen says comedies are "best viewed in a theater full of people," so that's the way he'd like people to see his new film, "The Interview." But he tweeted that people watching it at home can always "call some friends over."
His co-star, James Franco, tweeted, "Thank you SONY!!!!!!!" He told people on Facebook that if they take a picture of themselves watching the film, he will "like" it.
Sony originally canceled the release of the film, following a hacking attack and threats of terrorism, which the FBI attributed to North Korea. Private security experts expressed doubt that North Korea carried out the attack, saying it appeared to have been an inside job. Sony later said the movie was going to be released in a limited number of theaters on Christmas before deciding to also stream the movie.
Rogen and Franco play journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.