Michael Bay producing thriller based on coronavirus pandemic

Michael Bay has signed up to produce a thriller which is based on the current coronavirus pandemic.The 55-year-old filmmaker will be working on the independent movie Songbird, helmed by British director Adam Mason, and filming will begin in just five w…

Michael Bay has signed up to produce a thriller which is based on the current coronavirus pandemic.

The 55-year-old filmmaker will be working on the independent movie Songbird, helmed by British director Adam Mason, and filming will begin in just five weeks.

Mason co-wrote the script with Simon Boyes, and Adam Goodman will produce alongside Bay and Eben Davidson, according to Deadline.

Production has been approved to start in Los Angeles in June, with Mason and Boyes currently casting the movie and providing remote training for the actors.

Songbird, which is in the vein of found-footage thrillers such as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, is set in 2022, and the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging as it mutates and infects millions, with ongoing enforced lockdowns in place across the world.

It’s not yet clear if the movie will feature a supernatural element, and may instead be a possible government conspiracy thriller about paranoia and how the characters are affected by the unnerving time.

Bay recently served as a producer on A Quiet Place Part II and The Forever Purge, which have both been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

John Krasinski’s follow-up to his 2018 horror A Quiet Place was due to be released in March, but has been delayed until September because of the temporary widespread closures of cinema chains across the world.

Bay’s last directorial effort was the recent action thriller 6 Underground, which starred Ryan Reynolds and Melanie Laurent, for Netflix.

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Ben Affleck officially bows out of The Batman film

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice Lea…

Ben Affleck has officially stepped out of starring in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman film.

The actor/director was originally lined-up to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League flicks in the new project, and at one stage was set to direct from a script he had co-written.

However, Reeves took over the movie in February 2017, and on Wednesday (30Jan19), studio executives from Warner Bros. confirmed to Deadline that Affleck, 46, will not be in the film, which is set to be released in the summer of 2021.

Editors at the film publication report that the story will focus on a younger Batman, with a search currently underway for an actor to play the Caped Crusader.

Even though Affleck has been influential in getting the movie off the ground, he appeared to be happy with the outcome as he wrote on Twitter later on Wednesday, “Excited for #TheBatman in Summer 2021 and to see @MattReevesLA vision come to life (sic).”

Details about the script for The Batman remain under wraps, though Joe Manganiello has been attached to play Slade Wilson / Deathstroke, while J.K. Simmons is rumoured to be portraying Commissioner Gordon again, with Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred Pennyworth. No other casting details have been announced.

Meanwhile, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Reeves indicated that the plot of the film will be a detective story.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional,” the Cloverfield filmmaker said. “It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.”

Affleck will next be seen onscreen in Triple Frontier alongside Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal, and is in the post-production phases of Dee Rees’ crime-drama The Last Thing He Wanted.

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