David Boies, a lawyer representing Sony, was interviewed on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday and said that the company would find a way to release the controversial comedy after deciding they weren’t going to premiere the film in movie theaters on Christmas Day.
According to Boies, Sony didn’t completely shut down The Interview. “Sony only delayed this,” Boies said. “Sony has been fighting to get this pciture distributed. It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed I don’t think anyone knows quite yet.”
This statement by Boies sounds awfully contradictory from Sony’s statement on Wednesday, where the company sounded like they would never distribute it to the public in any way, shape, or form.
Since pulling the plug on The Interview, Sony has received a ton of backlash from the public, including Hollywood celebrities such as Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, and Rob Lowe. Even President Obama said in a news conference that he thought Sony made a “mistake” caving into the GOP’s (Guardians of Peace) demands.
After receiving much criticism, Sony CEO Michael Lynton stated the company didn’t “cave” to the hacker group, but that their decision was solely based on the top movie theater chains refusing to show the film after the GOP threatened terrorist action to those who saw the movie.
Basically, Sony blames the movie theaters for why The Interview was canned.
What’s your take on this whole situation? What do you make of Sony’s claims they never caved to the GOP? Do you think this reversal by Sony was due to peer pressure by the American public?