In a release plan fitting for a movie about a deadly pandemic that’s forced everyone into lockdown, STX’s sci-fi thriller “Songbird” won’t play in theaters and instead will debut on home entertainment.
Audiences can rent the film for $19.99 starting on Dec. 11. Following its premium video-on-demand run, STX said “Songbird” will land on a streaming service, but the studio declined to disclose which one.
“The pandemic has affected every aspect of our business, from production to release, but ‘Songbird’ demonstrates that a nimble studio like STX can find effective and profitable ways to make their movies work,” said STXfilms Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson. “The show must go on. ‘Songbird’ is a thrilling movie that will speak to audiences in this moment as it keeps them on the edge of their seats.”
Produced by Michael Bay, “Songbird” was filmed entirely during coronavirus crisis. The film takes place years in the future, in which a mutated strand of coronavirus, called COVID-23, continues to wreak havoc on the world’s population. Into the fourth year of lockdown, infected Americans are forced into quarantine camps. Amid the dystopia, one courier (portrayed by “Riverdale” star KJ Apa) who is immune to the virus, falls in love with an aspiring artist (Sofia Carson), who is believed to become infected.
Adam Mason directed the movie, which also stars Craig Robinson, Bradley Whitford and Demi Moore.