The Interview is a 2014 American political comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their second directorial work, following This Is the End. The screenplay by Dan Sterling is from a story by Rogen, Goldberg and Sterling. The film stars Rogen and James Franco as journalists instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (played by Randall Park) after booking an interview with him. It received mixed reviews from critics.
The film received attention for its negative portrayal of Kim Jong-un. In June 2014, threats of "merciless" action against the United States were made if its distributor, Columbia Pictures, went ahead with the film's release. Columbia delayed the planned October 10 release to December 25, and reportedly made edits to make the film more acceptable to North Korea. In November, the computer systems of parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment were hacked by the "Guardians of Peace", a group the FBI believes has ties to North Korea. After leaking several other then-upcoming Sony films and other sensitive internal information, the group demanded that Sony pull The Interview, which it referred to as "the movie of terrorism".
On December 16, 2014, the Guardians of Peace threatened terrorist attacks against cinemas that played The Interview. On December 17, after a number of major North American cinema chains canceled screenings in the interests of safety, Sony canceled the theatrical release of The Interview, drawing criticism from the media, Hollywood figures, and U.S. president Barack Obama. On December 24, The Interview was made available on online rental services. It will have a limited release at selected cinemas on December 25.
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