Fans who are hotly anticipating David Lowery’s delayed medieval epic, The Green Knight, can now breathe a collective sigh of relief as the upcoming film starring Dev Patel will release simultaneously in cinemas and on Amazon Prime Video on 24th September 2021.
The A24 film (The Witch, Minari), which was delayed in an announcement back in July just weeks from its proposed 6th August release date due to growing concerns regarding the pandemic, will be distributed by both Amazon and their ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series partners Entertainment Film. According to Variety, Amazon and A24 have been in discussions for most of the past month, with A24 being keen to ensure a theatrical release in the United Kingdom.
In The Green Knight, Dev Patel (The Personal History of David Copperfield) stars as Gawain, the reckless nephew of King Arthur, who embarks on an epic quest to find the mythical Green Knight in order to prove his worth. Helmed by David Lowery, the acclaimed director of the philosophical A Ghost Story and the more commercially friendly Pete’s Dragon, The Green Knight is expected to mix large scope with an introspective plot.
This release strategy seems beneficial for all parties, with producers and distributors each getting their own benefits from the theatrical/streaming co-release strategy and audiences being afforded the choice to watch The Green Knight on the big screen or from home.
In North America, The Green Knight out-performed expectations in its opening weekend, earning $6.8million against a projected $4million, debuting at number 2 in the box office charts behind Disney family blockbuster Jungle Cruise. As of writing, The Green Knight sits at a worldwide gross of $17.3million from a production budget thought to be around $15million.