It looks like The Interview is James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Christmas gift to the world—including you, Kim Jong-un.
In a release, Sony Pictures announced that the duo’s action-comedy about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader will hit theaters on Christmas Day. This is a big vote of confidence in the movie, as Christmas releases tend to be big moneymakers for studios.
The Interview is directed by Rogen and Evan Goldberg from a screenplay by Dan Sterling and story by Rogen, Sterling, and Goldberg. Sony noted strong positive feedback on the film from early screenings. According to Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for the studio, December 25 is “the perfect date to show off [Rogen, Franco, and director Goldberg’s] brand of comedy.”
Whether or not that’s universally true, there’s one person who definitely won’t be thrilled to find this brand of comedy in his stocking – Jong-Un himself, who has had his country threaten retaliation if the film airs in the U.S.