Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird hit with ‘do not work order’ by actors’ union

Actors’ union SAG-AFTRA has urged its members to refuse work on Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird.It was announced back in May that the low-budget apocalyptic flick, produced by Bay, would begin shooting in Los Angeles, but officials have denoun…

Actors’ union SAG-AFTRA has urged its members to refuse work on Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird.

It was announced back in May that the low-budget apocalyptic flick, produced by Bay, would begin shooting in Los Angeles, but officials have denounced the plans, citing concerns over safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, and issued a “do not work” order.

The union said production company On A Lark Productions LLC had “failed to complete the signatory process and is therefore not signed to any applicable SAG-AFTRA agreement.”

They also warned members that they may be disciplined if they work on Songbird while the “do not work” order is in place.

“The producers have not been transparent about their safety protocols and that is something we obviously take very seriously. Also, as noted in the Do Not Work order, the producers have not yet become signatory to our agreement. We have no further comment,” a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson said on Thursday.

According to Deadline, Demi Moore and Craig Robinson will star in the movie alongside Paul Walter Hauser and Peter Stormare.

The independent thriller is set two years in the future, and follows a delivery man who has a rare immunity to the virus, and must overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful, well-connected family, to be reunited with his girlfriend.

Songbird, which will be in the same vein as hit found-footage films such as Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, will be directed by Adam Mason from a script he co-wrote with Simon Boyes.

It was also reported that the cast and crew would be abiding by strict social distancing guidelines during filming, and were being trained remotely by the production team.

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Demi Moore and Craig Robinson to star in pandemic thriller

Demi Moore and Craig Robinson have signed up to star in a thriller based on the current coronavirus pandemic.It was announced in May that Transformers director Michael Bay would be producing Songbird, which is set two years in the future, when the pand…

Demi Moore and Craig Robinson have signed up to star in a thriller based on the current coronavirus pandemic.

It was announced in May that Transformers director Michael Bay would be producing Songbird, which is set two years in the future, when the pandemic is still raging and has become even more serious as the virus continues to mutate.

It has now been revealed by editors at Deadline that Ghost star Moore and This is the End’s Robinson will star in the movie alongside Richard Jewell actor Paul Walter Hauser and Fargo’s Peter Stormare.

The independent thriller follows an essential worker, a delivery man, who has a rare immunity. Like the vast majority of people, his girlfriend is locked within her home, and the couple has no ability to physically be together. To be with the one he loves, the protagonist must overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful, well-connected family, led by a matriarch played by Moore, who will stop at nothing to protect her family and maintain her way of life.

Songbird, which will be in the same vein as found-footage thrillers like Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity, will be directed by Adam Mason from a script he co-wrote with Simon Boyes. It will begin shooting in Los Angeles “imminently” and is set to be one of the first films to begin production as Hollywood gets back on its feet following the coronavirus lockdown.

The cast and crew will abide by strict social distancing guidelines and the actors are reportedly being trained remotely by the production team.

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Kate Hudson to star in fantasy film Blood Moon

Kate Hudson is set to star in upcoming fantasy film Blood Moon.The actress, who welcomed a daughter named Rani Rose with her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa earlier this month (Oct18), has signed on for a leading role in the movie, according to editors at Dea…

Kate Hudson is set to star in upcoming fantasy film Blood Moon.

The actress, who welcomed a daughter named Rani Rose with her boyfriend Danny Fujikawa earlier this month (Oct18), has signed on for a leading role in the movie, according to editors at Deadline.

To be helmed by writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour, Blood Moon will tell the story of a girl with unusual powers who escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans.

Actor Craig Robinson, perhaps best known for his role as Darryl Philbin in the U.S. version of The Office, has been cast in the flick as well, and Zac Efron is in talks for an undisclosed part.

No other casting details have been announced, though production is due to begin in spring 2019 – giving Kate time to complete her maternity leave.

John Lesher, who won an Oscar for his role in making 2014 movie Birdman, is onboard to produce Blood Moon and has praised Los Angeles-based filmmaker Lily’s concept.

“Lily’s unique vision and poetic style sets her apart from the pack,” he told Deadline. “She is truly one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.”

Lily made her feature debut with drama-horror A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night in 2014 and has since directed episodes of TV shows such as Legion and Castle Rock.

Meanwhile, Kate was last seen onscreen as Eleanor Strubing in biographical drama Marshall. The star, who is also mother to sons Ryder, 14, and seven-year-old Bing from previous relationships, will appear in singer Sia’s forthcoming movie Music too, which details the story of a sober drug dealer and their disabled sister.

And Zac is currently in the post-production phases of Matthew McConaughey comedy The Beach Bum as well as Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a biographical film about the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy.

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