There have been a handful of unreleased movies that are still trying to find their places in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Studios have resorted to finding other methods of releasing their films since most theaters not only across a specific country but across the globe have been shut down for health purposes. To be frank, what they have resorted to isn’t the worst-case scenario as most movies have gone for digital releases.
Paramount’s The Lovebirds is the first film to be victimized by the pandemic––losing it supposed theatrical release and will be heading to streaming platform Netflix. The Lovebirds stars stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Awkward Black Girl‘s very own Issa Rae.
Originally, The Lovebirds was supposed to premiere on theatres across the country on the 3rd of April but because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Paramount announced last night that it will instead premiere on the streaming giant. This isn’t the first time Paramount and Netflix have partnered up for releases and titles, though, said Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos. For example, The Cloverfield Paradox was sold by Paramount to Netflix and was released by the platform following the events of 2018’s Super Bowl.
Gianopulos is a genius. In 2018, he told investors and analysts that the deal between Paramount and Netflix would use the co-venture “when and where it makes sense.” In these trying times, this might be just the moment.
However, The Lovebirds isn’t really the biggest movie you’ll see of 2020. It’s a midbudget movie but it actually has a lot of star power to its name, so Netflix might have been the best move here most especially in times of crisis. Also, Paramount has opted to, sadly, delay the sequel to A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place II, to the latter part of the year.
No confirmation about when The Lovebirds is coming to the platform, but it should probably be premiering on the 3rd of April so keep your eyes peeled!