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The fantasy adventure The One and Only Ivan has now become the latest big film that will be skipping a theatrical release and coming straight to streaming.
Disney announced Friday that the film, previously dated for Aug. 14, 2020, will instead debut exclusively on Disney+ Aug. 21.
The studio isn't giving up the mid-August date however. Searchlight's specialty film The Personal History of David Copperfield will instead open over that weekend in select theaters.
Disney's announcement marks the latest changes made to Hollywood's release calendar for 2020 and 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and cinema closures. Several studio titles, including Disney's Artemis Fowl, have decided to bypass theaters and debut exclusively on premium VOD or a streaming service.
Directed by Thea Sharrock, The One and Only Ivan is an adaptation of Katherine Applegate's bestselling, award-winning book about a special gorilla, voiced by Sam Rockwell. Other voice stars in the live-action/CGI hybrid include Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, Mike White, Brooklynn Prince, Ron Funches, Phillipa Soo, Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, and Bryan Cranston. Stars on the live-action side include Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, and Bryan Cranston.
“The world has changed in a heartbeat. People all over the globe have shared important, life-changing experiences in ways we have not seen for a century,” Sharrock said in a statement. “In response to this, I am so happy that we can share Katherine Applegate’s delightful and original story, The One and Only Ivan with the world this August on Disney+, bringing some joy through this unique movie of true friendship, inspired by a true story.”