Biz Break: Netflix to stream ‘The Interview’ starting Saturday; shares surge

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Netflix to offer ‘The Interview’.

The Interview—the film lampooning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that wasn’t, then was—will be available to stream on Netflix in the United States and Canada starting on Saturday, Jan. 24.Maybe you already trekked to one of a select group of theaters to see “The Interview” on Christmas day because you wanted to support free speech, or maybe you already rented it online because you just really like Seth Rogen. But if you haven’t yet caught the pot-stirring comedy, there will soon be another way to watch the movie that landed Sony in hot water with North Korea. On Saturday, Netflix subscribers in North America and Canada will be able to stream “The Interview.” So now, the lazy among us can finally see what all the fuss was about.

How outrageous was the movie about two journalists who travel to North Korea and are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un? (The reviews have been decidedly mixed.) For a movie that nearly didn’t get released, it’s doing pretty well for itself. Despite the fact that the theatrical release of the film was initially canceled following a threat from hackers, the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy was released online for rental and sale Christmas Eve on a variety of platforms. Sony reported today that The Interview has made $40 million since Christmas, only $4 million shy of the film’s budget (though Variety reports that the film cost $75 million, including production and marketing). Really, it was only a matter of time: Netflix already does business with Sony, and CEO Reed Hastings revealed that he was on team The Interview in early December.

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