‘The Interview’ lands on Netflix Saturday

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Interview’ is coming to Netflix.

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview will be available to Netflix subscribers in the United States and Canada beginning January 24, the streaming giant announced Tuesday. “We are thrilled to offer exclusively the controversial comedy The Interview to our U.S. and Canadian members … just thirty days after it debuted in theaters and pay-per-view,” the company said in a statement. “Our first original feature film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, is now in post production and will debut on August 26 in all of our markets.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. We expect to open the film on select IMAX screens the same day as its release on Netflix.” The news comes on the heels of Sony’s announcement that The Interview has made over $40 million in combined revenue from box office, VOD and streaming — after the comedy was forced into an unprecedented release model following the November hack of the studio. 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.

It brought in $15 million online in its opening weekend, and Sony last week added iTunes and several satellite and cable networks to the list of platforms offering the film for rent or purchase. 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. It added a record 13 million new members across 2014 — with 4.33 million coming aboard in Q4 — seeing its revenue and EPS continue to rise in the process.

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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