Congressman offers to screen 'The Interview' on Capitol Hill
After hundreds of theater owners (including George R.R. Martin) vowed to screen The Interview whenever Sony decides to distribute it, they’ve gotten the same offer from Capitol Hill.
In a letter sent on Monday to Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus, offered to screen the controversial film in Capitol facilities. He wrote that the threats from North Korea should not prohibit Americans from seeing any movie and said, “We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation.”
“Screening The Interview will demonstrate the U.S. Congress’s support of the freedom of speech,” Sherman wrote. “This is about our right to live without fear, and knowing that our values will not be compromised by the idle threats of a despotic regime. Good or bad, Americans should not be deprived of the opportunity to see this movie.”
On Sunday, four days after Sony announced it was canceling the Christmas release of The Interview due to threats from North Korea, the company clarified that that decision came only after theater owners declined to show it and that “it is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.”
“Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed,” Sony lawyer David Boies wrote in Sunday’s statement on Sunday. “It will be distributed. How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.”