Just two days before drive-in theaters across the country were scheduled to premiere Judd Apatow’s latest film, The King of Staten Island, the studio pulled the release.
The coming-of-age dramedy starring Pete Davidson was released online for a cool $20 this past weekend. And while that’s great and all, many people were excited to watch it at the drive-in, and had even already bought tickets.
But at the last minute, theater operators were told they couldn’t play it.
“There was no explanation. They changed their mind,” a source told Variety. This decision pissed off the owners of the drive-ins, because they were forced to not only refund customers at the last minute, but also find a different movie to show.
Insiders at Universal claim it was a big misunderstanding…
The King of Staten Island was always intended to premiere exclusively on-demand, however some executives unintentionally booked the film in about 100 theaters. When they realized the mistake, the studio went back to theaters and asked them not to play it.
That’s a pretty sh*tty move by the studio. The executives who made the mistake should foot the bill for the drive-ins.
In any event, The King of Staten Island is available to rent for $20, if you just have money to be throwing around.