If North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un was pissed off at Seth Rogen, James Franco and Evan Goldberg before (I said if, okay?), when satirical flick “The Interview” was supposed to open in a mundane October weekend, the latest rescheduling news may well put the dictator on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Tread carefully, Sony Pictures, you don’t want to be responsible for World War III. Then again, despite the traditional high-profileness of the Christmas Day release slot, the festive schedule overcrowding might crash Sony’s plans to milk as much cash as possible out of “The Interview’s” delicate subject matter.
After all, right now, we have five, count’em, five movies slated to widely hit theaters on December 25, with an extra three due for limited bows. And at least one of the former category targets exactly the same audience as the latest Rogen/Goldberg/Franco collaboration – “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”.
Then you have two solid Oscar contenders, “Into the Woods”, with a stellar ensemble cast and the whole twisted fairytale vibe going for it, and “Unbroken”, with a tear-jerking, larger-than-life source material, and finally, the fun, casual family option, “Paddington”.
Boy oh boy, will cinemas be taken by storm this season-to-be-jolly, especially as “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” and “Annie” debut a week ahead of X-mas.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time for last-minute shuffles, and the pointless, Cusack-missing “Hot Tub Time Machine” sequel has spring delay written all over it.