Dec 25, 2014 4:10 PM
KEENE - After deciding not to release the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie "The Interview," Sony executives have now changed their minds telling independent theaters they can screen the film today.
The movie was initially pulled by major chains after threats by one hacking group.
Here in New Hampshire, only one theater showed the family today.
On Christmas day, which is typically a popular day for moviegoers, "The Interview" is now showing at Keene Cinemas.
The comedy has been released not only in Keene but in hundreds of select theaters across the nation.
It's a spoof on an assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
The screenings come after Sony ditched plans to premiere the controversial movie today following a hack into the company's servers and terror threats on theaters showing the movie.
The U.S. has blamed North Korea for the cyberattack.
Sony's CEO released a videotaped message last night thanking Sony employees for standing by the studio and the film.
"It has been a long and difficult road for us to get here and I wanted to say how grateful I am to each and every one of you. We certainly had our setbacks but we never folded, we never stopped pursuing as wide a release as possible," said Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment. "It was essential for our studio to distribute this movie especially given the assault on our business and on our staff. This release represents our commitment to our filmmakers and free speech."
Meantime, President Obama who previously criticized Sony for originally pulling the film, has changed his mind.
When asked by a reporter as he vacationed in Hawaii if he planned to watch the movie, Obama said, "I'm glad it's being released. Merry Christmas everybody!"
Back here in New Hampshire, some moviegoers say they're glad Sony didn't cave in completely.
Sony also released the movie to be played on several online sites like Youtube, Google Play, and Microsoft X-Box.
Meanwhile, the film is not hitting the big screen in either North or South Korea.
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