With only two days left to the theatrical premiere of Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson’s comedy movie, “The King of Staten Island”, the movie was abruptly pulled from theatres much to the chagrin of fans who have already bought tickets to see the movie.
Director Judd Apatow also took to twitter and tweeted “This is an error. The King of Staten Island is only opening on VOD Friday. It is not opening in theaters”.
The comedic drama which is a semi-autobiographical film of Pete Davidson was initially scheduled to debut in select few drive-in theatres still open during the COVID-19 pandemic while also simultaneously launched digitally on premium video-on-demand platforms.
The news prompted outrage from the theaters that have been promoting the movie and selling tickets both offline and online. Most of the reason for the outrage was due to the fact that they now have to refund those that already bought tickets and try to find new movies to show.
Following the New Zealand government’s decision to allow award-winning director James Cameron and his filming crew into the country, many from the opposition party have accused the government of double standards. Responding to this anger and outburst, the government announced it will ease its Covid-19 border controls.
Like every other country in the world, New Zealand was forced to close its border to non-residents and non-citizens in early March after recording cases of people being down with the coronavirus. However, as of Monday this week, a new rule is now being enforced. The new rule gives “high-value workers” with “projects or assignment of national or regional significance” access into New Zealand.
Earlier before the latest rule change, two athletes competing for America’s Cup were denied access to enter the country. Coupled with the rule change for high-value workers, arrivals are to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. This means James Cameron and his crew of 55 are currently in lockdown in their Wellington hotel rooms.
As of the time of this writing, New Zealand is yet to record a new Covid-19 case in 28 days. In addition, there are no active cases in the country