Sony Moves ‘The Interview’ To Christmas Day, North Korea Still Pissed

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A lot of time and research goes into scheduling the release of major motion pictures. Studios need to not only make sure their film opens with as little competition as possible, but that it opens at a time of year when people will be interested in seeing the type of film the studio plans to release. This is why horror films do not come out on Valentine’s Day and Christmas themed films tend to steer clear of the summer months (with the exception of Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas).

Today, Sony Pictures announced that The Interview has been moved from October 10 to Christmas Day. The film, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, will take the place of Cameron Crowe’s currently untitled project (which will now open in summer 2015).

“The combination of Seth, Evan, and James is pure comedic magic,” Sony President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer said in a statement. “In our early screenings of The Interview, we’ve seen that they’ve delivered yet again, and we’re thrilled to be making the move to Christmas – one of the most important moviegoing days of the year and the perfect date to show off their brand of comedy.”

The first trailer for The Interview debuted several weeks back. The film follows a talk show host and producer who land an interview with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un. The CIA then tasks them with a plot to assassinate the dictator. Americans instantly embraced the concept, but citizens of North Korea were not as thrilled. In fact, the leaders of the country were so upset about news of the film’s release that they filed an official complaint with the United Nations, stating that the movie is an “act of war.”

“The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film,” North Korea’s ambassador to the U.N., Ja Song Nam, wrote. “Otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.”

We expect a new trailer for The Interview will be released in the coming days/weeks promoting the new release date. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

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  • Rick Leergun

    well piss