Warner Bros. has decided to send its animated film Scoob! straight to premium on-demand, versus waiting for theaters to reopen en masse once the coronavirus pandemic begins to subside.
The studio on Tuesday announced that the Scooby Doo prequel movie will become available both to rent and to buy in the home on May 15 for $19.99 and $24.99, respectively. The rental period is 48 hours.
“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,” Warner Bros. chairman-CEO Ann 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.”
Sarnoff did not mention any plans for the film regarding the streaming service HBO Max, which is set to launch May 27.
Scoob!, boasting an ensemble voice cast that includes Mark Wahlberg and Zac Efron, had originally been slated for a May 15 theatrical release.