Netflix to offer ‘The Interview’

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Interview’ Is Coming To Netflix.

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. Earlier this month, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained that timing was a factor: “You have to remember … not only was the situation incredibly fluid, it was happening on Dec. 24 when no one was even in the country in most cases. It’s pretty difficult to make things happen in that two-week time frame — particularly that two-week time frame.” “The Interview” was originally supposed to debut in theaters nationwide on Dec. 25, but a terror threat made against locations showing the film scuttled those plans. 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 wound up releasing the comedy via independent theaters and streaming services such as YouTube Movies, Google Play, iTunes and other on-demand venues. 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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