SAN DIEGO — The controversial film ‘The Interview’ will debut on Christmas Day after what has been an ongoing saga.
In San Diego it will show at the Digital Gym Cinema in North Park.
“We’ll screen it on Christmas, we’ll screen it as many times as we can,” said Ethan Van Thillo, executive director at Media Arts Digital Gym.
Demand for tickets has already been overwhelming.
The cinemas’ ticket sales website went down moments after announcing they’ll be showing the film.
The Christmas Day screenings are sold-out, but the movie will be shown at least through New Year’s Day, according to the theater.
The big hype follows Sony’s first announcement it was pulling the plug on the fictional comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, amid growing terrorist threats from Internet hackers. The announcement led to harsh criticism from the film’s stars and even President Obama.
“I really want to watch it now more than ever,” said movie fan Martin Aceves.
“I wouldn’t put it past Hollywood to pull a publicity stunt like that,” said celebrity attorney Brian Watkins who, besides being skeptical of Sony’s pull and release, thinks the movie shouldn’t have been made in the first place.
“I’m sure that we wouldn’t be happy if the shoes were reversed and people were making fun of killing President Obama or killing his daughters or something like that,” said Watkins.
But others side on the right to free speech.
“I think it’s important to be respectful of other cultures and other communities, but in this regard we know Seth Rogan, we know James Franco, we know the comedy and the types of films that they’re presenting so you need to go in there with that open mind,” said Van Thillo. “We need to let people decide the type of films they want to see.”
In a statement issued Wednesday, FBI officials said they were maintaining contact with Sony and others in the industry as their investigation continued, and had shared information with independent movie theater owners planning to screen the film.
“The FBI, out of an abundance of caution, routinely shares information about a variety of threats, including cyber threats, with law enforcement entities, to include task forces, and private sector partners to provide awareness,” according to the statement. “This engagement is critical in our nation’s efforts to safeguard against attacks from our adversaries. The FBI encourages the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to law