It was originally going to debut on IMAX-only screens on October 25 before expanding to traditional theaters. Now it will debut on Amazon Prime on December 20, only 2 weeks after its theatrical release.
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke explained the reasoning behind the release changes, "The Aeronauts' is a spectacular film featuring some of Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne’s finest work. The level of filmmaking is nothing short of a technical feat that transports you to another world high up in the clouds. The theatrical experience is an important part of our business but our highest priority is our customers."
She also said the company wanted Amazon Prime Video customers to have "access to [it]as soon as possible.... considering how competitive it has become to capture audiences’ attention and how audiences are consuming their entertainment, we believe this is the best choice for the film and that we’re delivering our customers an epic film that we believe will be a major player in the awards conversation at the height of awards season."
"The Report," another awards hopeful from Amazon, is also getting a short theatrical run before hitting Amazon Prime.
Set in 1862, "The Aeronauts" follows wealthy widow Amelia Wren (Jones) and headstrong scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne), on their balloon expedition as they try to fly higher than anyone in history.