The Interview Available on iTunes, Seth Rogen And James Franco To Live-Tweet
The Interview is now available on iTunes. The controversial movie premiered on the platform at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, hours before Seth Rogen and James Franco are slated to live-tweet the film on Twitter.
As Gossip Cop reported, The Interview was slated to open in theaters in wide-release on Christmas Day, until the “Guardians of Peace,” the same group that claimed responsibility for hacking Sony, threatened to attack cinemas showing the film. When theater chains then refused to screen the comedy, in which Rogen and Franco play journalists tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-un, the film company canceled the release.
A massive blowback ensued, including from President Obama, who called it a “mistake” to pull the film. Sony then reversed course last week, announcing a limited release for the movie in independent theaters across the country. Sony also secured deals with YouTube and Google Play for viewers to watch the movie from the comfort of their own homes. It was similarly made available on Xbox, and through a special Sony site.
The Interview has taken in just under $3 million from theaters so far, but it’s unclear how much has been earned through the digital release. Whatever that number is, it’s likely to increase now that the film can be rented or purchased through iTunes. Rogen and Franco’s live-tweeting, in which they’ll also be joined by co-director Evan Goldberg, is slated to begin at 5 p.m. Eastern.