It looks like Trolls World Tour is the latest movie to have its theatrical release affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Unlike movies like Mulan and Fast 9 that have been pushed back significantly, Universal Pictures just announced the animated sequel will still be released on April 10 as intended, except on-demand instead.
The unprecedented decision closely follows the news that Disney would be adding Frozen 2 to its streaming service three months earlier than anticipated for families currently cooped up. Universal movies that had already been out in theaters, including The Invisible Man and The Hunt, will also become available on-demand starting March 20.
“Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said in a press statement obtained by Variety.
For those looking forward to catching up with Queen Poppy, Trolls World Tour will be available to rent for periods of 48 hours at a time for $20.