Saturday Night Live: Please Don’t Destroy’s movie isn’t coming to theaters

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The upcoming movie from Saturday Night Live‘s comedy trio Please Don’t Destroy won’t be arriving in theaters this year. Instead, a new distribution plan is place for the film.

Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy make up Please Don’t Destroy. The SNL writers routinely get their digital shorts featured in SNL episodes. So when news broke that the group wrote a buddy movie to star in, fans were naturally excited to hit the theaters in 2023.

Now, the Please Don’t Destroy movie has lost its theatrical release. The Judd Apatow-produced film will instead release directly on Peacock. Look for it to hit the streaming service on November 17.

Universal, the studio behind the still-untitled picture, did not reveal a reason for the move. What was originally set to be a summer release will now be a fall 2023 streaming option.

Please Don’t Destroy has become popular among Saturday Night Live fans. The successors to The Lonely Island have scored a few viral hits along the way. However, they likely still lack the mainstream recognition to justify a theatrical release. The box office hasn’t exactly been kind to comedies, never mind one that lacks star power.

What we know about the Please Don’t Destroy movie

The basic story of the Please Don’t Destroy movie centers around three childhood friends living and working together. Looking to change their fates, the friends set up to find a buried treasure in the nearby mountains.

Paul Briganti directed the film, coming off directing nearly 90 episodes of Saturday Night Live. Beyond Ben Marshall, John Higgins, and Martin Herlihy, the cast includes several other names familiar to SNL fans. Bowen Yang, Conan O’Brien, and Michael Longfellow all have parts in the film. Other cast members include Megan Stalter, Cedric Yarbrough, and X Mayo.

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