Seth Rogen is on a roll, from comedies “This is the End” to “Neighbors,” and now Sony is pushing back the multi-tasker’s latest comedy “The Interview” from October to holiday prime time, Christmas Day. Rogen co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with partner Evan Goldberg, and also stars with equally workaholic James Franco and Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”).
That’s a sure sign of confidence. “In our early screenings of ‘The Interview,'” said Sony global distribution chief Rory Bruer, “we’ve seen that they’ve delivered yet again, and we’re thrilled to be making the move to Christmas – one of the most important moviegoing days of the year and the perfect date to show off their brand of comedy.
In “The Interview,” which has drawn blowback from North Korea, Dave Skylark (Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they learn that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan, they score an interview with him, in an ill-advised move toward legit journalism. En route Pyongyang, the Cia recruits them as spies–their task: to assassinate Kim.
The screenplay is by Dan Sterling, with a story by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg & Dan Sterling. The producers are Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver.
The holiday competition includes “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” “Paddington,” “Into the Woods,” “Big Eyes” and “Unbroken.”