Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will be release earlier than expected onto on-demand streaming platforms.
The news of the early release comes after Universal’s decision send its current theatrical releases of The Invisible Man, Emma, and The Hunt to an early on-demand release.
Universal will also be releasing their upcoming family event movie Trolls World Tour will now release through video-on-demand on the same day as its theatrical release.
According to Variety, Birds of Prey will be available to buy on platforms such as iTunes and Amazon for an expected cost of $19.99 on March 24 and will be available to rent sometime in April.
Following the announcement that Universal would be sending its current theatrical releases to video-on-demand early, Cathy Yan tweeted out that she wouldn’t mind Birds of Prey getting similar treatment and being released.
I would not be opposed to putting Birds of Prey on VOD earlier. https://t.co/TrKynikHLx
— Cathy Yan (@CathyYan) March 16, 2020
The decision from Universal regarding Emma and The Invisible Man, and now Warner Bros. with Birds of Prey, comes in light of all major and minor theaters chains closing their doors to audiences.
Governments have likewise begun requiring people to stay indoors to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Due to those factors, studios have had more motivation to lessen the length between theatrical releases and on-demand releases.
Like Universal and Warner Bros., Disney has likewise shortened their VOD timeframes. It released Frozen 2 on Disney+ three months earlier than originally scheduled ad also released Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for digital purchase a few days early.
Birds of Prey was first released in theaters on February 8, and despite generally positive reviews from fans and critics, underperformed on its $85 million budget, generating $177 million to date.
Hopefully the film will find more of an audience through online home streaming!