Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you likely already know that Sony has run into a few difficult decisions regarding the release of their controversial movie, The Interview. Following the hijacked emails from some of Sony’s top executives and some serious threats by the hackers, the company decided to pull the movie from all major theaters around the United States. Following scrutiny from fans around the States, Sony announced a few days ago that the movie will still be shown in independent theaters, though major theaters will still not have access to the film. However, Sony and Google have just confirmed that The Interview will be available through both Google Play and YouTube Movies starting now.
In a Twitter post earlier today, Google announced the movie’s availability:
Seth Rogen approached Google to ask if they would show the film. While the search giant and Sony were apprehensive about it originally, they finally agreed to make it available online. Google explains:
But after discussing all the issues, Sony and Google agreed that we could not sit on the sidelines and allow a handful of people to determine the limits of free speech in another country (however silly the content might be).
The Interview is available to either rent for $5.99 or to purchase for $14.99, and you can do so now on Google Play or YouTube Movies. Additionally, the movie is available on Xbox Videos and a dedicated site, SeeTheInterview.com. The movie is live now, so follow the links below to grab the film!