Riverdale star KJ Apa's pandemic thriller going straight to video-on-demand

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Courtesy of STXfilms
Photo credit: Courtesy of STXfilms

From Digital Spy

Riverdale star KJ Apa's already-controversial pandemic movie Songbird has found a home, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it is going straight to streaming.

As stated in the The Hollywood Reporter, the Michael Bay-produced thriller/romance will be available to purchase on digital video outlets from December 11, before heading to a major (but unnamed) streaming subscription service in 2021.

STXFilms' Adam Fogelson is quoted as saying: "The pandemic has affected every aspect of our business, from production to release, but Songbird demonstrates that a nimble studio like STX can find effective and profitable ways to make their movies work, as we have similarly with Greenland and My Spy during these challenging times. The show must go on."

Photo credit: Courtesy of STXfilms
Photo credit: Courtesy of STXfilms

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The film is set in 2024, where the coronavirus (COVID-19) has mutated into a deadlier strain and over half the world's population has died. Infected people are forced into quarantine camps.

KJ Apa plays a courier who contracted COVID when it wasn't so deadly, and is therefore immune to the deadlier strain. His character Nico is in love with a girl named Sara, played by Sofia Carson, despite never meeting face-to-face because of lockdown.

When she is suspected of being infected, he has to try and save her from the camp.

Photo credit: STX Films
Photo credit: STX Films

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With that synopsis, and the fact that the movie wasn't just filmed, but conceived, after the pandemic started this year, it's easy to see why people aren't enthusiastic about it. Remember when ITV decided to air Contagion right at the start of the first lockdown?

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