The upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants movie, Sponge on the Run, is set to skip theatrical release and go straight to streaming.
The movie was originally slated for a cinema release this spring, before being pushed back to August due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, fans will now have to wait until next year as the movie will instead launch on premium digital rental services in early 2021, before landing on streaming service CBS AllAccess in the US.
"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," said Marc DeBevoise, chief digital officer at ViacomCBS, and president and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital.
"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 for UK fans, Paramount has stated of an international release: "After the decision by ViacomCBS to premier our film domestically on their service, we are re-formulating plans for international distribution, but at this time we will not be distributing the film theatrically internationally."
The upcoming movie will feature Keanu Reeves, who provided a hilarious cameo in the trailer as a wise sage who is also made out of sage.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will be released on premium digital rental services in early 2021 before hitting CBS AllAccess in the US. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed.
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