The film that prompted threats of terrorism from North Korean hackers has been given a second chance in Aussie cinemas.

The Interview, a new comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, will be released in Australia next month after the release was put on hold after threats of violence from hackers.

The film is about two journalists tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Sony Pictures had put Australian distribution on hold following the controversy the film generated, including threats from a North Korean hacker group targeted at cinemas that showed the film.

Initially, Sony pulled the release after US theatre chains opted out of screening the film, later offering the film on multiple digital platforms instead.

The online sales have generated $31 million so far, and after this success, Sony Pictures has decided to proceed with the release in Australia.

The film will open on 12 February and be featured in close to the 170 cinemas originally planned for screenings.