Netflix had long been rumored to team up with Sony Pictures to help distribute "The Interview," but a deal had not materialized. Earlier this month, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained that timing was a factor:
"You have to remember … not only was the situation incredibly fluid, it was happening on Dec. 24 when no one was even in the country in most cases. It's pretty difficult to make things happen in that two-week time frame -- particularly that two-week time frame."
"The Interview" was originally supposed to debut in theaters nationwide on Dec. 25, but a terror threat made against locations showing the film scuttled those plans. Sony wound up releasing the comedy via independent theaters and streaming services such as YouTube Movies, Google Play, iTunes and other on-demand portals. As reported on Tuesday, "The Interview" has earned more than $40 million in online sales. Theatrically, the Seth Rogen comedy has grossed just over $6 million.