Last week we told you that SAG-AFTRA ordered a “do not work” warning on Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird. The producers had apparently not shared their COVID-19 safety plans with the guilds, which was a big problem.
But it looks like they managed to get it all sorted out in just a week, because the movie is now filming in Los Angeles. It’s the first feature film to start production in LA since the lockdown.
Producer Adam Goodman released the following statement:
Finding a safe and practical way back into production has not been easy, however, our partnership with the guilds and unions has been a true testament to our great Hollywood community. Throughout the process they were awesome partners at finding a way to get their members working again, but always making safety and welfare the first priority. As artists, we need to keep telling stories, and times like these must be documented.
In addition to the production announcement, they also revealed that Bradley Whitford and Jenna Ortega have joined the cast, which was already quite strong with Craig Robinson, Demi Moore and Paul Walter Hauser.
As we previously reported, the story is set “two years in a future in which the pandemic has not gone away as the virus continues to mutate.”
No word on a potential release date, but they’ll likely want to release it as soon as possible.