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‘Spongebob: Sponge On The Run’ Forgoes Theaters For Straight To VOD Release

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Everybody’s favorite goofy goober is coming straight to your house this August. The third outing for the Nickelodeon powerhouse was originally slated for a May 22nd release but was postponed to August 7th due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as reported by Variety, the Paramount film will be released directly to Video On Demand (VOD) on August 7th and will hit the CBS All Access streaming service in 2021 which is owned by ViacomCBS, Nickelodeon and Paramount’s parent company.

Keanu Reeves will be featured in Spongebob: Sponge on the Run, set for VOD release early 2021

This is only the latest movie to forgo theatrical release in favor of video on demand. Starting with Trolls: World Tour which released digitally on April 10th, Spongebob: Sponge on the Run joins notable films such as Scoob!, The King of Staten Island, and Disney’s upcoming Artemis Fowl to release digitally.

As more features head to VOD, this could have a negative effect on the already contentious relationship between the studios and the theater industry over these VOD releases. In April, As reported by Deadline, AMC theaters did not hesitate to respond after NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell boasted about the $95M success of Trolls: World Tour‘s VOD release. AMC CEO Adam Aaron told Universal Studios Chairman Donna Langley in a letter that AMC would not license any Universal movies going forward as a response to their decision. While the relationship with the theater chain and Studio has warmed in recent months, AMC has yet to book any new Universal features for release.

AMC Theaters reported a Q1 loss of $2.2B and may file for bankruptcy (Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images)

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