Coronavirus Outbreak: Michael Bay's pandemic-themed thriller Songbird becomes first film to shoot in LA post-lockdown
'We worked out the safety issues months ago,' Michael Bay said about tackling the coronavirus outbreak on his set
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming movie was slapped with a "Do Not Work" notice by SAG-AFTRA on 2 July which was immediately rescinded and has been capturing footage in the weeks before shooting began 6 July.
"We worked out the safety issues months ago, and we resolved [the latest issue with the unions] over the weekend," the publication cited Bay as saying.
"I don't even think it was a safety issue. It was a money thing. But we are literally going to be the first film shooting in LA And we have a kind of special sauce with how we're doing it where there's zero contact," he added.
Actors Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Peter Stormare are set to take the lead Songbird - a timely pandemic-centric thriller.
The upcoming movie will be directed by Adam Mason, who co-wrote the script with Simon Boyes.
The movie is set two years in the future during a pandemic lockdown. It tells of the budding love story between a motorbike courier named Nico, who has rare immunity, and Sara, a young artist. However, the main lead roles have yet to be cast.
The production plans on using "innovative techniques" to shoot and capture millennial life during the quarantine.
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