Merry Christmas, North Korea: The Interview will be a coming attraction after all.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will release its shelved assassination comedy in a limited number of theaters Christmas Day, on the film’s original release date.

“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment in a statement. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

Interview star and co-director Seth Rogen tweeted jubilantly at the news. “The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up!”

The indie-friendly Alamo Drafthouse Cinema confirms to USA TODAY it play the film, according to theater rep Brandy Fons.

The movie, starring Rogen and Franco as a couple of chuckleheads recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, was pulled last week after the studio and major theater chains freaked out when unknown hackers threatened Sept. 11-style chaos in theaters if it opened.

League, the founder of the Austin, Texas, Alamo Drafthouse, which has been among the leading critics of the studio’s decision, originally tweeted the news, and called Sony’s decision patriotic. “This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us,” League said in a statement. “We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression. Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American.”.. see more

source: usatoday