Lately, every single day has someone managed to field a new story about The Interview, the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy that apparently packs the capacity to incite world war and end life as we know it right alongside off-color laughs. (Just two days ago, we reported on the Sony hackers demanding that the film not be released anywhere, which certainly seemed like a big ask, at least at the time.)
Today is no different, as it was now been announced that the controversial, Kim Jong-un assassination comedy will not be released in Japan. Per a Sony representative who spoke to the Japan Times on the matter, the decision was based on a number of factors, and was made before the recent Sony hacking scandal. It could just be that the people of Asia are simply tired of Franco’s many pretentious art projects, and wish to punish him any way they can. The film will still be released in North America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, but the article says that of the huge Asian-Pacific market, only Australia and New Zealand are listed as slated to show the film.
The Interview opens Stateside on Christmas Day, so bring the family for what is sure to be a heartwarming romp though the wackiness of international sociopolitical hostilities.