Sony May Release 'The Interview' for Free via YouTube
Audiences may yet have a chance to watch “The Interview,” the Sony film that has become the center of a hacking debacle. Representatives of the distributor say they’re looking for ways to get the film out to the public, and are even considering free services like YouTube and Crackle.
Lauren Condoluci of Rubenstein Communications, Sony’s PR firm, said the film company “is still exploring options for distribution.”
That statement was furthered bolstered by David Boies, a Sony lawyer who appeared on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “It will be distributed," the attorney said. "How it's going to be distributed I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."
Sony had originally slated “The Interview” for a Christmas Day release, but withdrew those plans after hacker group Guardians of Peace released private emails that resulted in a series of public embarrassments for the company. The leak included emails from top Sony executives using racist language about President Obama and making offensive statements regarding celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Kevin Hart and Adam Sandler. Sony cancelled the theatrical release of the film after the hackers threatened to launch a “9/11-like attack” against theaters that screened the film.
Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures, has echoed his colleagues’ sentiments, stating, “There have been a lot of conversations about the robustness of various systems to be able to make sure they’re not hacked, if and when we put the movie out digitally.”
He suggested that some digital distributors have turned down the film due to concerns that they might also become targets of the hackers.
This weekend, Guardians of Peace -- which the FBI has maintained has ties to the North Korean government -- posted a statement mocking the law enforcement agency's efforts, and calling them "idiots."