Warner Bros. Scraps ‘Scoob!’ Theatrical Release; Going Straight To VOD

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Warner Bros. will be sending Scoob! straight VOD as opposed to going to forward with its theatrical release.

It’s become increasingly clear that theatres won’t be opening up anytime soon due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has rendered almost all theatres around the globe shuttered, as well as causing numerous productions to go on pause, including Warner Bros. very own The Batman. With venues having no choice but to close their doors for the safety of the public, studios have been been forced to adapt and have been releasing some of their recently released films on VOD for a premium price. Some recent examples of films going to VOD include fan-favorite Birds of Prey, horror film The Invisible Man, and action-thriller The Hunt. With families stuck at home and kids craving new content, Warner Bros. has decided to capitalize on the situation by sending Scoob! straight to VOD.

Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it won’t be waiting for theatres to open for fans to get their Scoob! fix. Warner Bros. chariman-CEO Ann Sarnoff stated that the descision was made so families could enjoy a feel-good movie during this trying time.

“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.”

Scoob! will still adhere to its May 15 release and will be able to rent for $19.99 or buy for $24.99. The Scooby-Doo film is highly anticipated from Hanna-Barbera fans as it is intended to start a shared cinematic universe featuring those characters. Beyond that, it was the first theatrically-released film from the franchise in over a decade, but it’s obvious that that won’t be the case anymore. Scoob! moving its release straight to VOD is another sign that studios like Warner Bros. aren’t afraid of directly selling and interacting with the consumer.

What are your thoughts on Scoob! going straight to VOD? Will you be renting the animated film? Comment below and let us know!

Here’s the synopsis for the next animated Scooby-Doo film, Scoob!

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

Written by Kelly Fremon Craig and directed by Tony Cervone, Scoob! stars Zac Efron, Frank Welker, Kiersey Clemons, Will Forte, Jason Isaacs, Ken Jeong, Tracey Morgan, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried and Mark Wahlberg.

Scoob! is scheduled for release on May 15, 2020.