Considered one of Quibi’s Solely Good Initiatives Is Releasing in Choose Film Theaters

A film initially designed to be watched in fast bursts on a cellular system, will now be getting a full-on theatrical launch. Quibi’s Die Hart is getting a restricted theatrical launch via Prime Video, making the newest twist within the Quibi saga — one far too lengthy or sophisticated to suit right into a video on Quibi. The “film” — actually a feature-length transforming of the collection’ authentic 10 episodes — is directed by Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story helmer Eric Appel, who since Brooklyn 9-9 has apparently common himself a profitable profession in a weirdly (no pun meant) particular area of interest. John Wick franchise scribe Derek Kolstad created the collection with Stuber author Tripper Clancy. 

The entire runtime of Die Hart is one hour, 18 minutes (until there’s something new added to the unique collection for the theatrical launch). Will probably be dropping in theaters worldwide on February twenty fourth in “choose cinemas,” which may very well be both a restricted launch in New York and Los Angeles, or a Fathom Occasions-style screening the place theaters across the nation can opt-in for a restricted launch.

In Die Hart, a fictionalized model of actor and comic Kevin Hart is bored with being forged as a sidekick. He units out to reinvent himself as an motion star with the function of a lifetime, however issues get real-life harmful fairly rapidly. The movie additionally stars John Travolta, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jean Reno, and Josh Hartnett.

Initially launched on Quibi in 2020, Die Hart was one of many initiatives picked up by Roku when it acquired Quibi’s belongings. Presently, Roku is in manufacturing on Die Hart 2: Die Harter, which is able to star John Cena, Ben Schwartz, and Paula Pell alongside a returning Hart.

Quibi was the brainchild of former Disney and Dreamworks govt Jeffrey Katzenberg. The idea was pretty easy: it will attempt to seize the vitality round TikTok or early YouTube, the place all of the content material was short-form and taylored for private units…however it will accomplish that utilizing enormous stars with bankable names. The corporate mentioned their hope was to be the go-to leisure platform for folks using on mass transit, ready in strains, and different chores that create downtime in the midst of the day.

Sadly for them, their launch occurred simply because the Covid-19 pandemic shut down many of the world, and tens of millions of people that may in any other case be bored on the subway, immediately discovered themselves sitting round at residence. These circumstances, mixed with the truth that quite a lot of observers and potential customers by no means thought it was that good an concept to start with, introduced on a fast loss of life for Quibi, which folded in December 2020 — simply 8 months after its programming had debuted in April.