According to a recent report from Deadline, Netflix has acquired the distribution rights for action comedy The Man from Toronto starring Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart. The movie was initially set to hit theaters on August 12, 2022 by Sony Pictures. However, Netflix will now bring the release the movie onto the streaming platform sometime later this year.
As mentioned earlier, the movie was set to hit theater in August. However, it’s unclear when Netflix will make the movie available for viewers. Interestingly, Sony still owns the rights to the movie in China and “home entertainment and linear TV windows.”
The Man from Toronto follows the story of Woody Harrelson and Kevin Hart as the world’s deadliest assassin and New York’s biggest screw-up, Teddy. However, their identity is misunderstood and they are forced to join forces to save the day.
The movie’s move from a traditional theatrical release to Netflix comes as a result of a deal signed by the two studios last year. The agreement allows Netflix to own distribution rights on Sony’s direct-to-streaming movies in case the former wants it.
The movie’s latest move over to the streaming platform is one of several major changes the movie went through since the production began a while ago. The action-comedy movie had initially set to star Jason Statham in the Woody Harrelson role. Although Jason Statham’s decision to move away from the action-comedy is unclear, rumors suggested that there were creative differences between the actor and the studio as Sony was looking to make the movie PG-13, whilst Statham wanted The Man from Toronto to be R-rated.