Every Movie Getting Released Early On-Demand and Streaming for Your Viewing Pleasure

Many film studios are releasing their newest movies on VOD or streaming platforms early as more theaters close and millions of people practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

By Corinne Heller Aug 05, 2020 12:47 AMTags
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Many film studios are releasing their newest movies on VOD or streaming platforms early amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted governments to order theaters and other public places to close, and millions of people to stay at home and practice social distancing.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Disney announced that the live-action Mulan (which had already faced delays) is now coming to Disney+ on Sept. 4. For $29.99, subscribers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Western Europe will be able to watch the highly-anticipated film from the comfort and safety of their own home. Mulan will be released theatrically in locations where theaters are open.  

Disney has already released Frozen II on Disney+ and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on VOD. 

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See all the movies being released early on VOD and streaming platforms:


On Sept. 4, Disney's live-action remake of the classic animated film will be released on Disney+ for $29.99


Disney announced that the stage film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical, which was originally slated for a theatrical release on October 15, 2021, would be available to stream exclusively through Disney+ starting July 3, 2020. 

The Lovebirds

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's rom-com landed at Netflix on May 22. 


Sony Pictures released the Vin Diesel film on VOD months early, on March 24.

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Warner Bros. Pictures' girl-powered Suicide Squad spinoff, which sees Margot Robbie reprise her role of Harley Quinn, was released on VOD on March 24.


Universal Pictures released Focus Features' Emma, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, on VOD on March 20. 

Frozen II

The 2019 sequel to the hit Disney movie was made available for streaming on Disney+ a few months early, on March 14.

The Hunt

Universal Pictures released Blumhouse Productions' The Hunt, starring GLOW's Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank and Emma Roberts, on VOD on March 20. 

I Still Believe

Lionsgate released the biopic starring Riverdale K.J. Apa as Christian singer Jeremy Camp, on VOD on March 27.

The Invisible Man

Universal Pictures released Focus Features' The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss, on VOD on March 20.

Pixar's Onward

Disney released the animated film, starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, in theaters on March 6 and released it early on VOD on March 20 for $19.99. It will be made available for streaming on Disney+ on April 3.

Sonic the Hedgehog

The animated Paramount Pictures film, starring Ben SchwartzJim Carrey and James Marsden, was released on VOD on March 31, a month and a half after it hit theaters.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the third and final Star Wars trilogy, was released in theaters in December 2019 and a few days early on VOD on March 13.

Trolls World Tour

Universal Pictures released Dreamworks Animation's Trolls sequel in theaters—where available—and on VOD, on April 10. The film will be available for a 48-hour rental period for $19.99.

The Way Back

The Warner Bros. Pictures movie, starring Ben Affleck, was released on VOD on March 24, a few weeks after it hit theaters.

Meanwhile, many movies' theatrical release dates have been postponed, some indefinitely, with no information on whether or not the films will be released digitally instead. The list includes Disney's Marvel films Black Widow and The New Mutants, Fox Searchlight's The Personal History of David Copperfield, Paramount's A Quiet Place Part IIJohn Krasinski's sequel to the hit horror film.

Universal Pictures and Illumination's Minions: The Rise of Gru, which was supposed to be released in July, was delayed an entire year. Similarly, Disney has pushed all its Avatar and Star Wars sequels back one year. 

Universal Pictures' ninth Fast & Furious film F9 will be released on April 2, 2021, nearly a year after it was originally supposed to hit theaters. Sony Pictures is releasing Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway on January 15, 2021 instead of April 3. The release date for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer's To Time to DieDaniel Craig's last James Bond movie, was postponed from April 10 to November 25.

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(This story was originally published on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. PST)

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