The Interview will be available to anyone who has a Netflix streaming subscription beginning on January 24. The company announced the addition during its fourth-quarter earnings report yesterday.
The controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco will hit Netflix after being pulled from most theaters just days prior to its opening. Sony Pictures then released on line through VOD services YouTube, Xbox Video and Google Play, in addition to cable and satellite providers.
The film depicted an assassination plot of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in a comedic manner, which was cause for much backlash. The North Korean government condemned the movie and had been sending threats since the film was initially announced in June 2014.
While initially scheduled for worldwide release on Christmas day, threats from a hacking group known as the “Guardians of Peace” had compelled all major theaters to cancel their screening. The group was believed to have ties to the North Korean government, and threatened swift and potentially fatal action.
We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
-The Guardians of Peace
Though Sony gone away from the idea of a major theatrical release of the film due to the threat of hackers and foreign retaliation, it still received a limited release across nearly 300 independent theaters. The Interview still grossed over $40 million through online sales, making it the highest online release of 2014.
With the increase in their stock and subscribers, Netflix has taken the opportunity to continue adding new and original content. In addition to The Interview, other titles coming soon are RoboCop (2014), Scary Movie 5 and House of Cards Season 3.
Source: Business Insider