Sony Schedules Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' for Christmas
By Anita Busch
Having moved out Cameron Crowe’s untitled project out of Christmas to summer of 2015, Sony Pictures has decided to drop Seth Rogen’s controversial comedy The Interview, which stars James Franco and Rogen into that date. The controversial action-comedy was initially set for October 10, so it moves it into a time when college kids start coming into the marketplace on school break. “The combination of Seth, Evan, and James is pure comedic magic,” Rory Bruer, president, Sony’s Worldwide Distribution for the studio said in a statement. “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.
The Interview, directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, centers around a celebrity tabloid TV show called Skylark Tonight when they disover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show. They plan to travel to Korea when the CIA intervenes, recruiting them to assassinate the Korean leader.The film has been very controversial given the chilly relationship between the U.S. and North Korea.
The screenplay is by Dan Sterling and it is produced by Rogen, Goldberg and James Weaver.
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