COVID-19 crisis has taken over normal life and entertainment outlets including movie theaters are majorly affected. With multiple big Hollywood films pending release in April, May, and June, producers seem to have found a new route - going straight to digital/streaming. In these last few weeks, a lot of producers seem to have inked exclusive deals with streaming platforms to bring their movies direct to streaming, skipping movie theaters. Here are some of those.
Scoob (Now Streaming)
Scoob, an animated reboot of the Scooby-Doo TV series, was supposed to release in theaters in May, but has now gone direct to streaming in an attempt to recover costs. It is available for rent/purchase in the US currently, and has reportedly garnered quite the viewership.
The Lovebirds (May 22)
The Lovebirds is another movie that was supposed to come out in US theaters this month, but is going directly to Netflix worldwide. Releasing this weekend, this rom-com stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae.
My Spy (Now Streaming)
My Spy is Dave Bautista's latest film that has skipped theatrical release to go directly to Amazon Prime Video, in the US. It's the offbeat story of a US soldier-turned-CIA agent who has a hilarious turn of events when a kid blows his cover.
Greyhound is one of the most-awaited films of this year, with Tom Hanks in the lead. Deadline recently reported that the producers have signed a deal with Apple to bring the film straight to Apple TV+ for a reported amount of $70 million. Release date yet to be finalised.
The King of Staten Island (June 12)
The King of Staten Island is actor Pete Davidson's first in the lead role. While it had plans to release in theaters on June 19, Varietys reports the film will now be available on demand for rent starting June 12 in the US.
Artemis Fowl (June 12)
Disney+ just confirmed that Artemis Fowl is all set to release exclusively on the streaming platform in the US. Release date is June 12, and ths kids movie could benefit from streaming release considering all kids are at home, with schools closed in the country.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Reports suggest that The Spongebob Movie could be another kids movie to go straight to digital. Expected to release in August in theaters, the film could be available for rent soon.
Bill & Ted Face the Music
Much like Spongebob, Bill & Ted could also face the same destiny of going direct to online release, skipping theaters altogether. The decision on both the movies is to be taken soon.