Lorne Michael’s new coming of age film “Staten Island Summer” is on its way to Netflix where it will premiere on July 30th. The film has already been available for download from Amazon.com since June 30th and will also make a brief run in movie theaters.
This is an odd way to market a new movie. Its not like when an “art house” film gets released in theaters briefly just to be eligible for Oscar nominations, but was really produced for cable.
But it does make sense to offer the film in different venues. Netflix offers its entire library for unlimited streaming to subscribers . Amazon charges a rental fee for the streaming or downloading of movies with no monthly fee, unless you get Amazon Plus.
“I’m very happy that Staten Island Summer has found the perfect home, ” Michaels told The Hollywood Reporter. “Netflix has quickly become the biggest supporter of what’s new and exciting in comedy.” Adds Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos: “We are excited to team with Lorne Michaels, Rhys Thomas and Colin Jost to bring this hilarious coming age comedy to Netflix members around the world. Colin’s script and the appearances of so many SNL cast members make Staten Island Summer the perfect summer comedy for fans.”
The movie, about two friends Danny and Frank who spend their summer after high school working as lifeguards while deciding what to do with their lives, was written by Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost.
Lorne Michaels, who was born Lorne Lipowitz in Toronto, has been known for producing movies developed by Saturday Night Live writers and performers, but usually after they already left the show.
The movie co-stars Jim Gaffigan, Kate Walsh, Gina Gershon and SNL alums Will Forte, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Fred Armisen.