Although there has been some talk about movie theatres opening back up in the U.S. in the near future (Georgia is apparently planning to reopen them on April 27th), we are not seeing any of the delayed summer movies shifting their release dates back just yet. This week Warner Brothers has announced that one of their previously scheduled May releases, the upcoming CG animated Scooby Doo movie Scoob!, will be the latest studio release to forego a theatrical release and arrive instead as a premium VOD release. The movie will be available on May 15th. WB chairman-CEO Ann Sarnoff had this to say:
“While we’re all eager to be able to once again show our films in theaters, 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.”
Between this, Trolls World Tour and Disney’s Artemis Fowl, it is mainly family movies that have been taking the plunge as direct to VOD titles so far. You might think studios would hold these back since they typically result in multiple ticket sales when an entire family goes to the theatre, but I guess they know that parents are desperate for content to entertain the kids right now. Scoob! will be available to rent and buy for for $19.99 and $24.99 respectively. No word on if this is also being planned as a potential movie to drop on their new streaming service HBO Max, which launches on May 27th. At the moment, it is looking like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will be the first big blockbuster to welcome audiences back to theatres on July 17th.