The Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien's next movie is the latest big film to be skipping cinemas and heading straight for a digital at-home release.
Love and Monsters, which has been in development for several years and was previously titled Monster Problems, has dropped its planned cinematic release on February 12, 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Instead the sci-fi adventure will be released on Premium Video On Demand platforms in the US from October 16 this year, Paramount Pictures has confirmed.
Love and Monsters is set in a post-apocalyptic world where huge monsters have taken over the surface of the Earth, forcing all surviving humans to retreat into underground colonies.
One day, Joel Dawson (O'Brien, who plays The Maze Runner's central character Thomas) decides that he's prepared to risk his life in an attempt to locate his high school sweetheart Aimee (Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick) and he sets out into the world to find her.
Along the way he encounters a heroic dog, as well as a pair of expert hunters and survivalists called Clyde (Guardians of the Galaxy's Michael Rooker) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt) who teach him the skills he needs in order to survive his trek along the monster-infested roads that lead back to Aimee.
Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert confirmed the studio's decision on the film's release in a statement, saying: "Given the demand for new, high-quality entertainment right now, Paramount has decided to release Love and Monsters widely on digital platforms.
"While we eagerly look forward to the reopening of movie theatres, we wanted to make this original and imaginative film available for everyone to enjoy at home."
Love and Monsters will be available on PVOD platforms in the US for a 48-hour rental period and will be priced at $19.99, and will also be made available for early digital purchase for $24.99. There is currently no news on a UK release.
Love and Monsters isn't the first movie to be moved from a cinematic to an at-home release, with Universal leading the way back in April by giving Trolls World Tour a digital release.
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