Warner Bros has announced that its animated Scooby-Doo film Scoob! will skip a theatrical release and head straight to digital services.
The movie was scheduled to hit cinemas in the US and the UK on May 15 but following the closure of cinemas around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak, Warner Bros has revealed that it will instead make the film available to buy and rent at home on digital services in the US and Canada. As reported by Deadline, the movie will be available for a 48-hour rental period for $19.99, or ownership for $5 more. Its UK release is to be confirmed.
Speaking about the decision to go ahead with the release, rather than wait for the pandemic to pass, Warner Bros chairman Ann Sarnoff said: “While we’re all eager to be able to once again show our films in theatres, we’re navigating new, unprecedented times which call for creative thinking and adaptability in how we distribute our content.
“We know fans are eager to see Scoob! and we’re delighted we can deliver this feel-good movie for families to enjoy while they’re home together.”
Scoob! features a star-studded voice cast, including Mark Wahlberg as superhero Blue Falcon, Zac Efron as Fred Jones and Amanda Seyfried as Daphne Blake. Comedian Frank Welker is the voice of Scooby-Doo, while Will Forte appears as Shaggy Rogers.
The decision comes after many major Hollywood studios, including Warner Bros, have decided to reschedule many bigger film releases in order to give them a full theatrical run.
Movies that have been delayed include Minions: Rise of Gru, Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, No Time to Die, among other titles.