April 27, 2020
Universal Pictures is sending another planned theatrical release straight to retail due to the ongoing coronavirus shutdown.
The King of Staten Island, a semi-autobiographical fictional movie about/starring “Saturday Night Live” cast member Peter Davidson from director Judd Apatow, is going to premium video-on-demand on June 12 — a week before the movie’s original theatrical release date.
Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr and Maude Apatow (the director’s oldest daughter and co-star with her mom, Leslie Mann, in TV commercials) co-star in the film.
Davidson and Apatow joked about the release April 27 on social media.
“Dude, what is going on with our movie?” Davidson asked Apatow. “Am I still going to get an Oscar?”
Davidson, who has had his share of off-camera notoriety, lost his father — a firefighter — during the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.
“He really is a sweetheart guy,” Apatow said about the 26-year-old comic in a media interview. “He’s so creative and smart. He’s been through things that no one on earth should ever have to go through.”
The movie marks Universal’s second PVOD release following Trolls World Tour on April 10, which the studio claims set digital retail records.