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Sony to release The Interview online?

As reports emerged that Sony is planning to release The Interview free on its streaming service Crackle, its company attorney David Boies said that despite hacker threats the movie will be released, only not on its original slot of December 25.

hollywood Updated: Dec 22, 2014 15:07 IST
A-still-from-the-movie-The-Interview-starring-James-Franco
A-still-from-the-movie-The-Interview-starring-James-Franco

Sony plans to release the controversial comedy The Interview for free on Crackle, the streaming service it owns, according to reports.

While no comment was forthcoming from Sony about this report in New York Post, its company attorney David Boies has assured that the movie will be released, only not on its original slot of December 25. The Guardian reported that the entertainment company was also considering YouTube as a partner for a prospective launch of the film.

The studio decided to cancel the release of the James Franco-Seth Rogan movie after hackers threatened violence against theatre chains that chose to play the film.

The Sony hack was a company-wide infiltration that resulted in leaked emails, Social Security numbers, and salaries, reported Us magazine. "Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed," Boies said on NBC's Meet the Press.

Earlier, Sony's CEO Michael Lynton has denied that the studio had "caved" and, in fact, still hoped to release the film.

Following Sony's decision to pull the movie, numerous celebrities have spoken out and US President Barack Obama also made a statement on the subject saying the company "made a mistake" by caving to the demands of the hackers, who have since been linked to North Korea.

"Actually, the unfortunate part is, in this instance, the president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theatres. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theatres," Lynton had said.

North Korea has, meanwhile, spoken out calling the claims 'groundless slander' and offering a joint investigation into the hack.

(With inputs from PTI)