Trespass, the new psychological thriller directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, didn’t just come out in theaters this weekend—the movie was also released on YouTube Movies as well.
In an interview on the YouTube Blog, Director Joel Schumacher explained the factors that led to the decision to release Trespass on YouTube as well as in theaters. “I’m all for progress. I know certain people in my industry are furious about … their films being shown in anyway except the way they were supposed to be meant to be seen [in theaters],” Schumacher said. “There’s no stopping technology.”
Though the choice to release Trespass on YouTube may have been made for more practical reasons. Despite the film’s critical acclaim and premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Trespass opened in only 10 theaters, grossing just $16,816 according to Box Office Mojo. Both Kidman and Cage draw large international audiences, and perhaps Warner Bros. hopes that a domestic release combined with some online traction might increase international sales. The DVD is scheduled to come out November 1, 2011, less than a month after its theatrical release.
Trespass is available via the MillenniumVOD YouTube channel for $6.99, along with free content on YouTube Movie Extras.