Sony Pictures has responded to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s stern message to not play the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview in the United States by slotting it for a prestigious Christmas Day release date.
The Interview follows an ill-conceived plot to assassinate the North Korean leader with Franco and Rogen leading the laughs from a creative team led by Rogen, Dan Sterling and Evan Goldberg. While it’s clearly being billed as a comedy not to be taken seriously, Kim Jong-un has yet to back from a threat to retaliate against the United States if Sony followed through with the film’s release.
Not only will the Kim Jong-un assassination movie be shown in this country, but Sony is releasing it on a day typically reserved for high money makers. December 25 is already a crowded date with Disney’s Into the Woods, Paramount’s Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Weinstein’s Paddington, and Universal’s Unbroken all set to debut and vie for a piece of the lucrative holiday box office pie.
Watch the official The Interview trailer below and try not to imagine Kim Jong-un launching missiles as the U.S. after he sees the movie.