The union representing film actors told its members on Thursday not to work on the next pandemic thriller “Songbird”, claiming that the filmmakers were unaware of the security measures and had not signed the agreements suitable for the film which is among the first to be produced after the coronavirus has closed.
The actors would have rehearsed from a distance for the film produced by Michael Bay and directed by Adam Mason.
The film’s pre-production list on IMDbPro.com indicates that its stars include Demi Moore, Peter Stormare and Craig Robinson, and describes: “In a post-pandemic world, an even more serious virus continues to mutate.”
But the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of TV and Radio Actors issued a no-work order to its members, stating that the production company “had not completed the signing process,” and to work on the film could result in disciplinary action.
“Producers have not been transparent about their safety protocols and that is something we obviously take very seriously,” said a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA in a statement. “In addition, as stated in the Do Not Work order, producers have not yet become signatories to our agreement. We have no further comments. ”
The short film was among the first to attempt to resume production after the long closure. California Governor Gavin Newsom has given film and television productions the go-ahead to resume filming in the state as of June 12, as long as strict restrictions against coronaviruses are in place.
Messages seeking comments from the film production companies and representatives from Bay and Mason were not immediately returned.
One of the companies, Invisible Narrative, told Deadline, “We are actively working on this paperwork issue with the guild. “