George R.R. Martin will show “The Interview” on Christmas. The “Song of Ice and Fire” series author owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, N.M., one of the independent theaters that has decided to screen the controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“We got it!” Martin blogged after getting confirmation from Sony. “We were otherwise going to be closed on Christmas. We’re opening just for this film, and will devote the whole day to it.”
On Christmas, “The Interview” will show four times at the Jean Cocteau Cinema: 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
“The Interview” will continue screening at the theater owned by the “Game of Thrones” creator for two weeks, alongside other films already booked.
Martin has been outspoken about the controversies surrounding the film. He lashed out at Sony and theaters, whose refusal to initially show the film he called “a stunning display of corporate cowardice.”
It’s likely Martin will take the time to watch the film himself. However, fans may hope he doesn’t attend too many of the screenings. They’re waiting for “The Winds of Winter,” the sixth book in his epic series, and Martin is notorious for taking as much time as he needs to create his complex novels. Winter may be long in coming.