Paramount Pictures’ sci-fi adventure movie “Love and Monsters” is the latest big-screen film to forgo a theatrical release and head to premium video-on-demand (following in the footsteps of “Trolls World Tour,” “Scoob!” and “Mulan”). The post-apocalyptic film, starring “Maze Runner’s” Dylan O’Brien, was originally scheduled for Feb. 21, 2021, but it’s now been pushed to an on-demand release set for October 16, 2020.
“Given the demand for new, high-quality entertainment right now, Paramount has decided to release ‘Love and Monsters’ widely on digital platforms,” chief operating officer Andrew Gumpert said. “While we eagerly look forward to the reopening of movie theaters, we wanted to make this original and imaginative film available for everyone to enjoy at home.”
“Love and Monsters” (originally titled “Monster Problems”) is set in a post-apocalyptic time when giant monsters have taken over the Earth’s surface, forcing humankind into underground colonies. After Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) reconnects over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, he begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides against all logic to venture out to Aimee. Along his dangerous journey he makes unlikely friends including a heroic dog and a pair of survivalists (Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt) who help him survive the monster-infested road to true love.
The film will rent for $19.99 for a 48-hour period; digital purchase will cost $24.99.
“Love and Monsters” will be available on Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNow, Google Play, Xfinity and other platforms.