‘Trolls World Tour,’ ‘The Invisible Man,’ ‘The Hunt’ hit digital viewing early because of coronavirus

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Here’s some good news for “Trolls World Tour” fans worried that coronavirus might derail plans to see the upcoming sequel.

Because movie theaters are closing in some cities and reducing capacity in others, Universal Pictures announced Monday that the animated film “Trolls World Tour,” starring Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, will release simultaneously in theaters and on digital platforms April 10.

In addition, movies currently in theaters from Universal and its specialty arm Focus Features – including “The Hunt,” “The Invisible Man” and “Emma” – will be available digitally and on on-demand platforms starting Friday for a 48-hour rental period and priced at $19.99.

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The animated sequel "Trolls World Tour" will release simultaneously digitally and in theaters because of coronavirus concerns.

“Universal Pictures has a broad and diverse range of movies with 2020 being no exception,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said in a statement to USA TODAY. “Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenging distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable.

“We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible.”

Universal was one of the first studios to move its big summer movie, delaying the release of the new “Fast and Furious” film “F9” a year, from May 22 to April 2, 2021. The studio has also put its live-action productions, including the upcoming sequel “Jurassic World: Dominion,” on hiatus.


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