"The King of Staten Island" was co-written by Apatow and Dave Sirus. Maude Apatow, Judd Apatow's daughter, also stars in "The King of Staten Island" alongside Bel Powley, Marisa Tomei and Bill Burr.” /> The comedy is loosely based off Davidson's upbringing in the New York City borough, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand-up comedy.
is releasing "Scoob," a cartoon based on Scooby-Doo characters, directly on digital rental services next month, while Disney announced "Artemis Fowl" would launch exclusively on Disney Plus in June. It's the second Universal movie, following the studio's animated adventure "Trolls World Tour," to experiment with premium video on demand while audiences are stuck at home during the pandemic. Warner Bros. In recent weeks, other studios including Warner Bros., Disney, Paramount and STX have followed suit to varying degrees.
A slew of movies that were set to debut between May and August, including Disney's "Mulan," Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman 1984" and Universal's "Fast 9," have been postponed due to the unprecedented closure of multiplexes. Universal has also delayed the release of "Sing 2" and "Minions: Rise of Gru," its "Candyman" remake and "Nobody," a thriller starring Bob Odenkirk.
However, the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. "The King of Staten Island" was scheduled to have its world premiere at South by Southwest, the film festival held annually in Austin, Texas.
Universal's "The King of Staten Island" — a semi-autobiographical comedy starring Pete Davidson and directed by Judd Apatow — is going straight to video on demand, making it the latest film to forgo a traditional theatrical release as cinemas remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
"The King of Staten Island" will premiere on home entertainment June 12, a week before it was scheduled to debut on the big screen. Davidson and Apatow announced the news in a video posted to Twitter, in which they joked about the status of their film before opting to call Universal and ask them to put it on demand early. At one point, Davidson asks, "Am I still going to get an Oscar?"
After the unexpected success of "Trolls World Tour," which Universal claims set a new record for digital rentals, the studio had been mulling the possibility of amending release plans for "The King of Staten Island" since it's unclear when movie theaters across the country will be able to resume business.

"This year, it's our particular privilege to present his deeply moving new feature ​'King of Staten Island,' starring Pete Davidson leading a great ensemble, as our opening night film." "Judd Apatow has provided transcendent, exhilarating experiences at SXSW over and over starting with ​'Knocked Up​,' then ​'Bridesmaids,' 'Trainwreck,' 'Girls​,' '​The Big Sick​' and 'May It Last​,'" said Janet Pierson, the festival's director of film.
In the summer of 2018, Davidson sat down with Variety as he was preparing the film. In my opinion, less is more for me." People who are in a lot of movies, they are real actors. "I would like to do a handful — over a long period of time, that would be tight. Once in a while, a cool cameo would be fun. "I don't want to do that many movies; that sounds terrifying," he said. Obviously, I could only act as myself, so how much of me could you really take?
Live from Austin, Texas, it's Pete Davidson.
In addition to being a launching pad for smaller movies, SXSW has also become a crucial stopping point for spring or summer studio releases that could benefit from a jolt of buzz. The last two opening night movies to premiere at SXSW — Jordan Peele's "Us" and John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place" — went on to become massive box office successes.
"King of Staten Island," which was written by Apatow, Davidson and former "SNL" writer Dave Sirus, will screen at SXSW on March 13. It opens in theaters from Universal Pictures on June 19.
He said he noticed it when he was watching himself back on one of "SNL's" "Weekend Update" segments. "And my eye starts going like this," he said, squinting for effect. "That's not good."
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Judd Apatow, who is no stranger to SXSW, where he's debuted many of his hit comedies in prior years, directed the film. The "Saturday Night Live" comedian will be opening this year's SXSW Film Festival. The annual gathering in Austin will kick off this year with "King of Staten Island," the much-anticipated autobiographical comedy based on Davidson's upbringing in the New York borough.
"One of my eyes just closes on its own and shuts." He went on to explain why. "I have a wonky eye so I don't think that's good for movie stars," he revealed.

Everybody see the pain, little boy, little girl
Sunday dinner, old school thinker, everybody know the code when the feds linger
It’s the land of broken dreams, where the hopeless hide and the strong survive whoa
I’ve been waiting all to long seeing mama cry, it’s like it’s on my life whoa
Born and bred in the dungeon, ain’t it something
I’ve been fed in abundance pain and suffering
Just when you thought that you were getting on out
On my knees begging, hoping you light this fire
Ooh tell me where you get a better slice
Where you get a piece of the pie that’s realer than the apple
The last borough to hold the yuppies off, when you mingle with the people then you feel the old New York
Jesus Christ, will You save this island
I stopped counting how many kids I grew up with are dead forever or dads locked up in penitentiaries doing dimes or better
It’s the land of broken dreams, where the hopeless hide and the strong survive whoa
I’ve been waiting all to long seeing mama cry, it’s like it’s on my life whoa
Born and bred in the dungeon, ain’t it something
I’ve been fed in abundance pain and suffering
Just when you thought that you were getting on out
On my knees begging, hoping you light this fire Born and bred in the dungeon, ain’t it something
I’ve been fed in abundance pain and suffering
Just when you thought that you were getting on out
On my knees begging, hoping you light this fire
The fifth borough, late night on the corner, mob ties, everybody’s gotta line of order
Wu-Tang shout when the party jump off
Staten Island struggle on the bridge bodies jump off
It’s a whole new world.

‘Cause I’m too rare
Young nigga, I’m a fresh prince, coulda bought a crib out in Bel Air
Fuckin’ on a bitch from Delaware
$30,000 on a new coat, call PETA up, gon’ and soak it in
Tag still hangin’ from it, had it for a year and I ain’t even broke it in
Diamond choker so tight, tried to lift it up, shit did not go over chin
In the studio with Migo gang, everything we make is propane
Call ten bitches from the Blue Flame
Fuck ’em all, we ain’t even know their name
Front row at the ball game
Who that is dunkin’? Shit, that’s what’s his name
I don’t even fuckin’ watch sports but my backyard like a golf course
Niggas hatin’, on my dick and shit, I got more guns than a task force
When I talk, my voice kinda high
Niggas hatin’ usually sound kinda hoarse
My ex-bitch is built like a horse, she was 27, I was 19
Shawty there was a real stallion
But I ain’t trust her, feel like shawty there was wildin’
Young nigga, bitch, I’m QC, you can see this shit through the gold medallion
After this I’m out to Staten Island, got a young bitch, she be really stallin’
My young nigga tote a dirty K, I call him Dirty Dan, he’ll flip your van
Kick your door hard as Jackie Chan
Take your chain right up off your nightstand, lil’ nigga Nigga, free Reese, free Nino
The world is mine like I’m Al Pacino
Got more money than a lil’ casino
Got caught fuckin’ on a bitch and her boyfriend walked in wearin’ full Chinos
Hopped out the back door, ran a four flat
That was like way back
Nowadays I just sit and laugh
Chopstick long as one giraffe
And I’m comin’ through, clear the whole path
Walked in the damn spot, it was all… team of niggas, fuck the whole staff
Goddamn, nigga, too playa
Why you hate?