LONDON — Sony Pictures is to give “The Interview” a wide release in the U.K. and Ireland, the studio confirmed Wednesday.
The Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy will be shown in movie theaters only in the U.K. and Ireland. No day-and-date digital release is planned. The theatrical release is set for Feb. 6.
The pic, which features the fictional assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, prompted a devastating hacking attack against Sony. The studio was forced to abandon plans for a wide release in the U.S. following threats to audience safety, which frightened off the major exhibition chains. The film was originally intended to be released on roughly 3,000 screens on Christmas Day.
The studio then changed tack and embarked on a limited release in the U.S. through independent theaters and a simultaneous digital and video-on-demand release. By Jan. 4, the U.S. theatrical release had generated more than $5 million, and the digital-VOD release had brought in $31 million.