One of the biggest stories of last week was Sony’s The Interview being pulled from cinematic release after threats of violence from terrorist hackers the “Guardians of Peace”.
Fresh reports suggest Sony has found an outlet for The Interview, specifically its free streaming app, Crackle.
That’s the word over on New York Post, in Sony plans to release The Interview on Crackle for free. A fairly self-explanatory headline, if ever I’ve read one.
For those who’ve been sleeping under a rock, The Interview is a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as a pair of journalists ordered to assassinate North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who’s ultimately wiped out when a missile blows up his head. Clearly ridiculous, right?
Unfortunately, Kim Jong-un doesn’t see the funny side, and the FBI now reckons there’s enough evidence to prove the North Korean government was behind the hacking and the subsequent threats of violence.
Little Kim has denied any wrongdoing (of course he would), but praised the hackers and says the movie was effectively an “act of war”.
President Obama reckons Sony was wrong to yield to the threats, but the Japanese studio says it had little choice after theatres and streaming sites refused to carry the movie.
Ironically, The Interview isn’t actually supposed to be any good, but naturally we all now want to see it; we’ll be damned if we’re going to let North Korea dictate which terrible comedies we’re allowed to watch.
And good news if you fall into the Interview-hungry camp, as – again – it’s supposedly coming to Crackle.
Alas, Crackle’s UK arm was shut down earlier this year, but we suspect there are ways around that, a bit like watching US Netflix in the UK. Maybe.