Universal Pulls “The King of Staten Island” From Drive-In Theaters

Due to COVID-19 shuttering film theaters throughout the nation in the interim — and, in some instances, till subsequent yr — loads of features of movie distribution have modified. Whether that’s a brief factor or one thing everlasting stays to be seen. It has left its mark on award {qualifications}, nonetheless, with the Academy altering its guidelines for eligibility for 2020.

A quantity of high-profile movies have had their launch dates pushed again into the autumn or subsequent yr. But an issue has developed over one of the highest-profile movies to shift on to a VOD opening and eschew theaters altogether. That could be Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island, notable for being one of the primary adult-oriented movies (together with Josh Trank’s Capone), to embrace a VOD launch.

Given the presence of a big-name writer-director in Apatow and a high-profile main man in Pete Davidson, you’d assume that The King of Staten Island could be taking part in on large screens throughout the nation underneath another circumstances. But what’s notable about its launch is that it’s not taking part in on any large screens in any respect — even in instances the place some can be found.

According to a brand new report by Rebecca Rubin at Variety, Apatow’s movie had been booked to play in a quantity of drive-in theaters throughout the United States. Note the previous tense: two days earlier than it was set to open, Universal knowledgeable these theaters that it was pulling the movie. Rubin’s report cites an inside difficulty on the distributor as inflicting the issue:

Insiders at Universal chalked it as much as an inside misunderstanding, saying “The King of Staten Island” was at all times meant to [premiere] completely on-demand, nonetheless some executives unintentionally booked the movie in about 100 theaters. When they realized the error, the studio went again to theaters and requested them to not play it.

The timing has, sadly, left these theaters within the uncomfortable place of having to difficulty refunds and discover one thing new to fill these gaps of their schedule. Given Universal’s ongoing feud with theater chain AMC, it’s one other wrinkle in phrases of learn how to greatest distribute movies throughout a pandemic.

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