Sony releases—then quickly pulls—new ‘Interview’ promo clip

The Interview on YouTube

Photos via dno1967b/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) and The Interview | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

Because Sony’s week really needed one more bizarre twist.

Sony made big news on Wednesday by deciding not to release Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview on Christmas day, after several theater chains dropped the film for fear of terror threats. But that didn’t stop a YouTube promo for the film from surfacing yesterday—with the Dec. 25 release date intact.

The 30-second promo announces that “this Christmas,” in “Franco and Rogen we trust,” and the video’s description pointed out that “only one movie has the whole world talking.”

Sony quickly pulled the video from its YouTube channel, but you can still find it elsewhere… for now.

Sure, this could have been a pre-scheduled mistake on the part of Sony’s marketing department, or it could have been another carefully constructed scene in this increasingly bizarre metamovie. While Sony has still not announced alternate plans for release, you’ve got to expect that maybe, in the era of late-night leaks and album drops, The Interview will surface online somewhere. 

After all, we apparently can’t stop talking about it. 

Photos via dno1967b/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) and The Interview | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III 

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.