It looks like even an animated dog has fallen victim to the Coronavirus outbreak. It has just been confirmed that Scoob! is no longer getting a theatrical release. Instead, the highly anticipated Scooby-Doo movie will be released directly on digital.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has decided to cancel the theatrical premiere of Scoob! on May 15. The film will instead be available to rent for $19.99 in the U.S. and Canada on the same day. You can also purchase the movie for $24.99.
Scoob! had previously been delayed indefinitely after the COVID-19 shutdowns forced theaters around the globe to close amidst the pandemic. However, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff decided that it should still be released digitally as it would be the perfect film to watch for the whole family.
"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," Sarnoff said in a statement. "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."
It's disappointing news indeed for fans who were hoping to enjoy the movie after the quarantine is lifted. Nevertheless, it's good to know we can still get to see it in the comfort of our own homes.
Scoob! will be released digitally starting May 15.
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