Universal Pictures has set a home box-office release date for “A Monster Calls,” the emotional drama of a boy and the monster who helps him face the future. The film was directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage), and is based on the award-winning novel by Patrick Ness. The author also wrote the screenplay adaptation for the adaptation. The film is available for pre-order in all three editions through retailers like Amazon.com. The home box-office release will first release on Digital platforms, so fans will be able to stream the movie in just a few weeks, it will then release on physical platforms.
The magical tale is set to release on Digital HD on March 14, 2017 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 28, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A Monster Calls stars Academy Award nominees Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Felicity Jones (Rouge One: A Star Wars Story), and Liam Neeson (Taken) alongside young actor Lewis MacDougall (Pan). Focus Features’ A Monster Calls on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital comes packed with exclusive bonus content including a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and the wondrous transformation of an unforgettable story from book to screen.
The story picks up when 12-year-old Conor O’Malley (played by MacDougall) searches for guidance after his beloved mother (Jones) becomes ill and he moves in with his less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Weaver). He unexpectedly summons a 40-foot-high colossus of a creature, the Monster (voiced and performed by Neeson), who becomes a most unlikely ally by guiding him on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
The film saw a limited-release domestically, but did remarkably well in foreign markets. “A Monster Calls” pulled in $3.74M in domestic theaters for the studio, but went on to make over $41.75M worldwide. Universal will handle the home box-office release for the film.