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Netflix Buys ‘Bad Trip’ From MGM After Virus Upends Theater Plan

  • Studio initially planned to release movie in theaters in 2020
  • Streaming-service deals have picked up because of coronavirus

Netflix Inc. has acquired the slapstick comedy film “Bad Trip” from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to people familiar with the matter, snapping up a project that was stuck in limbo when the coronavirus closed movie theaters.

Comedian Eric Andre co-wrote, produced and starred in the film, a hidden-camera comedy about two friends who travel around the country pulling pranks. “Bad Trip” was supposed to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March, and MGM planned to release the movie in cinemas later in the year.