Michael Bay’s Songbird: Actors Union Orders Cast Not To Work On Pandemic Film

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Producer Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird was to be one of the first Hollywood projects to go into production following the COVID-19 pandemic, but the film encountered a new complication. Songbird was hit by the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA with a restraining order. Until Bay completes the signing process, SAG-AFTRA prohibits its members from participating in the film.

Each film delayed due to coronavirus (so far)

The union writes: “The producer of the image titled Songbird has not completed the signing process and is therefore not signed to an applicable SAG-AFTRA agreement. As such, SAG-AFTRA members are hereby responsible for suspending any acting service or performing any covered work for this production until further notice by the union. “Songbird is a joint effort of Bay and production companies Invisible Narratives and Catchlight Films. Adam Mason (Blood River) makes from a screenplay he co-wrote with Simon Boyes. The cast includes Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser and Peter Stormare.A large number of film and television productions around the world have been suspended due to the pandemic. While Los Angeles County allows movie studios to resume production, a recent spate of new COVID-19 cases in California has raised questions about whether it is safe for actors and crew going back to work. Meanwhile, release dates for upcoming summer blockbusters like Tenet continue to be pushed back, prompting AMC Theaters to push back its scheduled reopening date. AMC has also responded to public pressure by reversing its policy of not requiring customers to wear face masks.It is unknown how long production of Songbird will cease. The film currently has no release date.
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