Last week, Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow announced their movie, The King of Staten Island, was going to bypass the theatrical distribution and go straight to VOD. And now, we finally have a first trailer.
The film, which was written by Davidson, Apatow, and Dave Sirus, is loosely based on Davidson’s real life as he lost his firefighter father on September 11th.
The official synopsis reads
“Scott (Davidson) has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. As his younger sister (Maude Apatow) heads off to college, Scott, now in his mid-20s, spends his days smoking weed, hanging with the guys and hooking up with his childhood friend (Bel Powley).”
It continues: “But when his mother (Marisa Tomei) starts dating a loudmouth firefighter (Bill Burr), it sets off a chain of events that will force Scott to grapple with his grief and take his first tentative steps toward moving forward in life.”
The movie was shot last summer and features other great players like former real firefighter Steve Buschemi and Pamela Adlon. In addition to Burr comedians Rickey Velez, Mike Vecchione, Derek Gaines, Carly Aquilino, and Paul Virzi also appear.
The avenue this film took going straight to VOD is sort of a controversial one with the movie theaters. So controversial, AMC actually announced it won’t be showing any Universal films once they open back up. The big fear is that this might set off a trend. To us though, it totally makes sense. Right now is a time when people need entertainment most. So however the film can get to people, that’s always a plus.
The King of Staten Island hits VOD on June 12th.