Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island Skips Theaters for VOD

Judd Apatow, director of such notable comedies as The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, was hoping to debut his new comedy film in theaters this year. The film was The King of Staten Island and would feature Saturday Night Live actor Pete Davidson in the lead role. The theatrical schedule was set for June but with things looking iffy on the pandemic front, Apatow is shifting to a home release earlier than scheduled.

The film will now be released on June 12 on digital platforms for release. Apatow and Davidson recently made the announcement over Twitter where they discussed the plans for releasing in the home as opposed to the theaters. This will also mark Universal’s second shifting of a theatrical film to an early VOD release, the first being the DreamWorks animated feature Trolls World Tour.

Here’s a synopsis of the film:

Scott (Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious younger sister (Maude Apatow, HBO’s Euphoria) heads off to college, Scott is still living with his exhausted ER nurse mother (Oscar® winner Marisa Tomei) and spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys—Oscar (Ricky Velez, Master of None), Igor (Moises Arias, Five Feet Apart) and Richie (Lou Wilson, TV’s The Guest Book)—and secretly hooking up with his childhood friend Kelsey (Bel Powley, Apple TV+’s The Morning Show). But when his mother starts dating a loudmouth firefighter named Ray (Bill Burr, Netflix’s F Is for Family), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.