Movie theatres have been closed due to increasingly stricter quarantine measures against COVID-19. Because of this, studios began releasing their recent titles online way ahead of the schedule, hoping to recuperate at least some of their production costs. As we already reported, movies like Emma, The Hunt, and The Invisible Man have been made available for digital rentals last weekend. Birds of Prey will follow on March 24 and Frozen 2 will arrive on Disney+ three months ahead of the schedule.
GeekTyrant reports that Disney just released Pixar’s latest CGI-adventure film Onward online – less than a month since its premiere in cinemas. Gavin O’Connor’s sports drama The Way Back starring Ben Affleck arrives online on March 24, as will Vin Diesel’s latest science fiction action film Bloodshot. After seven extremely profitable weeks in movie theatres, Sonic the Hedgehog will be available for digital rental by the end of March, adds SlashFilm. Thus far, at least one movie has skipped the cinema distribution altogether. Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Issa Rae’s (Insecure) action romantic comedy The Lovebirds was set for a cinema release in early April. Now, according to GeekTyrant, the film will head directly on to Netflix instead.