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‘Scoob’ Will Skip Theaters, Debut On Demand in May – Variety



Warner Bros.’ “Scoob,” an animated movie primarily based on “Scooby-Doo” characters, will skip its deliberate theatrical launch and as an alternative launch subsequent month on digital rental companies.

Beginning Might 15, “Scoob” shall be obtainable to lease for $19.99 within the U.S. and Canada. It should even be in the stores for $24.99. The film, geared towards youthful audiences, was initially scheduled to debut in theaters on Might 15, however was indefinitely delayed because the coronavirus pandemic pressured cinemas to shut.

“Whereas we’re all keen to have the ability to as soon as once more present our movies in theaters, we’re navigating new, unprecedented instances which name for inventive considering and flexibility in how we distribute our content material,” Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff stated in an announcement. “We all know followers are wanting to see ‘Scoob’ and we’re delighted we are able to ship this feel-good film for households to get pleasure from whereas they’re dwelling collectively.”

The choice to drastically alter launch plans for “Scoob” comes after Common’s announcement that “Trolls World Tour” — which additionally amended its theatrical rollout in favor of premium video on demand — landed the largest debut for a digital rental.

The information is one other thwack to movie show homeowners, who’ve been adamantly towards any makes an attempt to shorten a movie’s life span of their venues. Studios have been pressured to reshuffle their launch calendars, delaying many tentpoles and discovering new launch dates for others as theaters stay closed with no clear signal of after they can safely reopen.

For essentially the most half, studios have dedicated to preserving their main motion pictures on the large display screen. Nevertheless, Paramount opted to promote its romantic comedy “The Lovebirds” to Netflix, whereas Disney despatched sci-fi journey “Artemis Fowl” to Disney Plus, the studio’s streaming service.

“Scoob” was directed by Tony Cervone and follows childhood greatest pals Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne, who clear up crimes together with Shaggy’s pet canine, Scooby-Doo. The voice forged consists of Will Forte, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried.

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