A slew of pandemic-themed movies coming to cinemas


Demi Moore leads the cast of the pandemic thriller, 'Songbird'. Photo: Filepic

Michael Bay-produced pandemic thriller Songbird has secured its first international sale out of the virtual Cannes market.

European powerhouse Leonine has snapped up rights for German-speaking Europe, Variety can reveal. It’s believed there’s been strong interest on the continent, and that a number of US distributors are also circling the film, which was shopped to buyers this past week.

Principal cast includes Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser and Peter Stormare.

Songbird is set two years in the future, where a pandemic rages on, continuing to mutate and wreak havoc around the world. The film – which has been likened to a hybrid between Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield – is focused on an essential worker who is immune to the virus, working as a delivery driver travelling constantly across an unspecified city, which is divided along class lines. Forced to be apart from his girlfriend, who is in lockdown, he must overcome a powerful family, helmed by Moore’s character, to reunite with his partner.

Songbird, which is directed by Into The Dark helmer Adam Mason, will be among the first to shoot in Los Angeles following lockdown, as it looks to use innovative filming techniques and strict social distancing practices. Filmmakers are believed to be providing remote training for the actors.

The film also slots into a steady run of pandemic-themed projects now coming to the fore. On Saturday, Bombshell and The Big Short writer Charles Randolph was announced as directing a movie about the early stages of the Covie-19 pandemic in China for SK Global. Meanwhile, last week, Michael Winterbottom was revealed to have signed on to write and direct a series on Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s muddled response to the pandemic. – Reuters

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