Controversial movie The Interview — the film at the centre of the controversial Sony hacking scandal — will not be screened in South Korea, IdolWow! can confirm.
After it’s US theater release was cancelled following cyber attacks and threats, the comedy film — which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and follows a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — the picture will now see a north American release online on Christmas Day, via the likes YouTube, Google Play, Xbox and Sony subsidiary Crackle.
But a rep for Sony Pictures exclusively tells IdolWow! it will not receive the same treatment — or release in any form — in South Korea.
“While The Interview has been scheduled for release in numerous countries, there are no plans to to release the film in South Korea,” says the spokesperson.
After North Korea declared the film as an “act of war,” Sony initially announced that the film’s US release would be cancelled. But, after facing wide criticism from the public, Sony overturned that decision.
On December 23, President Barack Obama applauded the limited release decision stating that the US was a country that “believes in free speech.”
Rogen, 32, who stars in and co-directed the film, applauded the news on Twitter writing, “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!”
While tensions have escalated between the US and North Korea over the Sony hacking scandal and the pending release of The Interview, the two nations are not geographically adjacent to one another.
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South and North Korea are divided by only a 2.5 mile demilitarized zone (DMZ) — the most heavily militarized border in the world. The two countries are still technically at war so the decision to restrict screening was clearly made in sensitive consideration of the opposing nations.