Crackle to offer Sony's "The Interview" for free?

Crackle to offer Sony's
Looks like Sony might have found a platform for "The Interview." Crackle, the app that offers free movies and television shows for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, is rumored to be getting the Seth Rogen-James Franco movie that is at the heart of the recent war of words with North Korea. The comedy is about two reporters who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim-Jong Un.

According to the FBI, the North Korean government, unhappy with the film's plot, hacked into Sony's computers, stealing files containing unreleased movies, personal information, and email. When an unsubstantiated threat was made against movie chains that were planning on showing the film starting Christmas Day, most of the major chains pulled the movie from their theaters. There wasn't much Sony could do at that point, but announce that "The Interview" would not be distributed. That decision earned Sony a rebuke from President Obama and led to criticism from those wondering if foreign governments would start controlling what movies and television shows Americans would be able to see.

Sony had been looking for a way to distribute the film, and since the company owns Crackle, it seems like a match made in heaven. Right now, Crackle is the app where old television shows and movies go to die. But with the interest stirred up by North Korea's reaction to the film, and Sony's decision to kill the movie's theatrical release, playing "The Interview" on Crackle will surely lead to huge downloads of the app.

source: NYPost

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8 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I want to see the movie no matter what the trailer looks very good! :D

2. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Asap, if it's a fine Hollywood propaganda i want to see it too! Heck, I watch Homeland

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm waiting on Sony Japan secretly dropping bomb on North Korean :P ( I know it's not going to happen)

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

North Korea is astoundingly stupid for doing this. They want to stop this film from being seen, but instead they gave it the most impressive marketing campaign a movie has ever received. People are more interested in seeing this than the next Star Wars, the Avengers sequel, the Hobbit finale, etc. Film studios would have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get this kind of exposure for a blockbuster, and this stupid (the good stupid) comedy gets it all for free. Hm...now I'm thinking Sony/Franco/Rogan might have perpetrated this. It does seem like the kind of stunt they'd do to promote their movie.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am positive Sony won't go as far as creating an International incident between NK and USA. Especially for a B movie (in my opinion). Saw the trailer and seen earlier work with Franco and Rogen and it's not even worth the trouble of downloading it.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You might not be a fan, but you can't argue with the numbers. Most of the films that "team" has made cost around $30 million to make, yet gross $100 million or more at the box office. Then there's DVD sales, VOD, TV broadcasts, etc. Their films make a lot of money, with a great profit margin. Taste aside, you can't argue with that.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True, I was merely speaking from my own personal taste. But the comment about Sony not doing this themselves, was a mere objective observation.

4. Benoit

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

They should make crackle available worldwide, not just for America...

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