Fans will now be able to watch the premiere of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” from the comfort of their homes instead of heading out to movie theaters.
The computer-animated adventure comedy will be released on premium digital rental services instead of in brick-and-mortar theaters as originally planned, reported Variety.
While the movie was set to be released May 22, due to the coronavirus pandemic it was postponed to August 7.
Now it's been pulled entirely from theaters and will premiere on demand in early 2021. After its initial release, the film will be exclusively available on CBS All Access.
"We are thrilled to have 'The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run,' a premier, first-run movie from one of ViacomCBS' biggest brands, join CBS All Access' expanding slate of franchise content from across ViacomCBS," Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer at ViacomCBS, told the outlet.
"This launch will be perfectly timed with our continued expansion and planned rebranding of the service in early 2021, as we welcome SpongeBob and the gang from Bikini Bottom to the service in the biggest way possible.”
As part of the streaming platform’s expansion, all prior seasons of “SpongeBob Squarepants” will also be available on CBS All Access.
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” now joins the list of films like “Trolls: World Tour,” “The King of Staten Island” and “Scoob” which have bypassed theatrical runs since the shuttering of cinemas in mid-March in response to the spread of COVID-19.
The three major movie chains, AMC, Regal and Cinemark, plan to begin reopening in July.
Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” is set to be the first big tentpole film to be released in theaters since the shutdown and will premiere on July 24.