Seth Rogen’s “The Interview” will eventually be distributed by Sony Pictures. So promised David Boies, who is representing the movie studio, on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday.
Boies said, “Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. 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.”
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This is in keeping with comments that Sony CEO Michael Lynton made to CNN in an interview on Friday when he said, “The only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.”
While welcoming President Obama’s promise to hold the people behind the attack on Sony responsible, Boise echoed air Michael Lynton’s criticism of how the President accused Sony of giving in to terrorism.
“I think we ought to move beyond who was responsible. Look, this is a state-sponsored criminal attack on an American corporation and its employees … I think that what we have to do is use the president’s recognition of the importance of this issue as a rallying cry, so that all Americans can unite against what is really a threat to our national security, ” said Boies. “If state-sponsored criminal acts like this can be directed against Sony, it can be directed against anybody.”
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd prodded, “You’re using ‘criminal acts’ instead of ‘terrorist.’ Does Sony, do you believe that if you get a legal ruling that this was terrorism, you get some financial cover on this. Are you looking for that kind of ruling?”
Boise responded, “I’m not debating whether it ought to be called ‘criminal, ’ ‘vandalism, ’ ‘terrorism.’ What we know is that that was a state-sponsored attack on the privacy of an American corporation and its employees. And what Sony had been trying to do is trying to protect that privacy, trying to get back what was stolen, and asking everybody to cooperate in that, not to aid and abet. Whether you call them vandals or criminals or terrorists, whatever you call them, they’re bad actors. And people shouldn’t be cooperating with them.”