Another one bites the dust. The King of Staten Island, Universal’s semi-autobiographical comedy about Pete Davidson’s life, will not be released inside a theater near you.
Instead, it’ll be available to stream on June 12, just one week before it was originally scheduled to hit theaters.
Director Judd Apatow and Davidson announced the news in a video on Twitter. At one point, Davidson asks, “Am I still going to get an Oscar?’
The film was supposed to have its premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin back in March, but as we all know, the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s the second Universal movie, following the studio’s animated adventure ‘Trolls World Tour,’ to experiment with premium video on demand while audiences are stuck at home during the pandemic.
The studio was apparently happy with the success of Trolls World Tour, so they decided to go the same route with King of Staten Island.
No trailer has been released, but you have to imagine that will be changing soon.
The comedy is loosely based off Davidson’s upbringing in the New York City borough, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand-up comedy.