Pete Davidson's newest movie, "The King of Staten Island," was set to be released at drive-in theaters last week, but it suddenly got the boot before it was ever shown. At the time, the reason was a mystery.
Pete's semi-autobiographical film has since been released on video on demand.
According to Variety, just two days before the film was supposed to premiere at cinemas, movie theaters around the country were abruptly informed by Universal, which distributed the film, that they were not able to show the movie.
"There was no explanation [from Universal]," one drive-in theater owner told the outlet. "They changed their mind."
A different theater owner lamented, "This caused a considerable amount of ill will with customers who bought tickets online showing up for the Thursday 7 p.m. show."
Sources at Universal said the whole thing was a misunderstanding, claiming the movie was always intended to premiere exclusively on demand.
"Some executives unintentionally booked the film in about 100 theaters," Variety said. "When they realized the mistake, the studio went back to theaters and asked them not to play it."
Amid the confusion, the film's director, Judd Apatow, tweeted, "THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND IS ONLY OPENING ON VOD FRIDAY. IT IS NOT OPENING IN THEATERS."
When one Twitter user told Judd that the film was showing at a local theater, he replied, "It won't be playing there. It is a mistake. It is only on VOD."