A24’s The Green Knight will make its virtual debut much earlier than expected — on August 18; you’ll be able to buy a $20 ticket to stream the film through A24’s Screening Room platform.
This one-night-only stream does not offer a full streaming release that can be rented or purchased. The Green Knight remains exclusive to theatres. (A regular digital release will be available later in the theatrical cycle.
The screening is much more limited than a rental. Once you have purchased a $20 ticket, the film will be available for streaming during a four-hour window starting at 9 PM ET on August 18. However, the stream includes a bonus Q&A session with the cast and crew.
Based on the epic poem, Dev Patel plays the role of the knight who must answer a challenge to the Green Knight on Christmas Day. The original release date was set for May 29, 2020, but the film was delayed to this summer because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
After purchasing a ticket, A24 provides three options to view the film: via a web browser or the Apple TV app. However, A24 will only be screening The Green Knight to US viewers. International film lovers won’t have the opportunity to attend.
This is the latest blurring between streaming and theatrical releases. The streaming ticket cost is $20 and comparable to The Green Knight theatres. This is especially true if you share it with friends or family. A24 will not have to split the ticket price with theatres. Similar balancing acts have driven Disney Plus’ Premiere Access movies, which offer simultaneous digital purchases of $30 and theatrical releases for films such as Black Widow and Jungle Cruise. HBO Max also offers simultaneous digital debuts of its 2020 slate for streaming subscribers at no additional cost.