Pete Davidson
[Photo via Mary Cybulski/Universal Pictures]

Pete Davidson‘s latest film The King Of Staten Island is set to arrive in June but it’s coming out in a different way than expected as movie theatres remain closed across the globe.

The Judd Apatow-directed film is heading straight for on-demand services on June 12 coming a week before it was expected to hit theatres initially.

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Davidson and Apatow made a video joking about the status of the film. Eventually, they end up opting to call Universal and ask them to put it on demand early. You can watch that below.

The film is a semi-autobiographical comedy of Davidson’s life growing up on Staten Island including the time when he lost his father during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This marks the second Universal movie to hit video on-demand services instead of a theatrical release. Trolls World Tour acted as a test for companies to see if this format is working during the pandemic. The film is being offered for rental on iTunes, Amazon and VUDU at $19.99 lasting 48 hours.

Several other companies are following suit and Disney even revealed plans today to put the final Star Wars film on their streaming service two months ahead of schedule.

The film was premiering at SXSW‘s film festival but that was cancelled as the film fest went in an online direction ahead of many other companies making that decision.

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Countless other films have been shifting their release dates over the ongoing shutdowns of movie theatres too.

Just last week, the followup to Venom was delayed as well as Robert Pattinson‘s The Batman delaying the day before.

In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp says movie theatres in the state are able to reopen as of this week. Despite this announcement, it’s highly unlikely it will be happening right away.

Cinemark discussed the potential for a soft reopening as early as July. They’re estimating they can remain profitable with “20 to 30 percent of capacity.”

Whether or not the public is willing to go to a movie theatre right now is a whole other question.

Are you excited for the latest film from Pete Davidson to arrive on video on demand services? Let us know in the comments below.

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