Sony has reportedly been negotiating with Dish Network on a release deal for the controversial The Interview movie, which Sony decided to pull from theaters after being hit by a massive hack and further threatened by attackers. After canceling the Christmas Day launch for the movie, Sony soon changed its mind, especially after receiving harsh criticism from President Obama and people in the movie business. However, Fox Business Network reports that Dish Network doesn’t want to have anything to do with the The Interview either, at least not right now.
According to FBN, Dish Network and Sony have been talking about a release during the weekend, but the potential partnership was “derailed” on Monday for unknown reasons. It looks like Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen opposed the deal.
Apparently, Sony has been working 24/7 to find a way to release the movie, and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton “is adamant that the movie air somewhere, somehow.” A deal with Dish Network would have made The Interview available on Christmas Day to tens of millions of Americans.
FBN says that Sony stands to lose up to $200 million by canceling the movie out-right, and faces “harsh long-term long-term damage to its reputation if the movie is never released.