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'The Interview' won't get a wide release in Asia

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North Korea has already been vocal about their disdain for The Interview, a film that mocks North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, and now they’re (kind of) getting what they wanted: The Interview will not have a wide release in Asia.

Seth Rogen and James Franco star in the movie, which a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman called an “act of war” in June. “If the U.S. administration allows and defends the showing of the film,” he told KCNA, “a merciless counter-measure will be taken.”

The U.S. hasn’t budged—The Interview’s still set for a Dec. 25 wide release. Some suspect North Korea is behind the recent attack on Sony Pictures, the company distributing the film. The attack began in November, and private information from Sony has been leaking ever since, including how much Rogen and Franco were paid for appearing in The Interview. 

Despite the rumors, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan spokesman told Variety that the decision not to open the film in Asia was made “some time ago,” before the attack on Sony.

The Interview will open in the U.S. and Canada Dec. 25 and will open in countries outside North America throughout the beginning of 2015.

Representatives for Sony did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.