Lionsgate have released the final trailer for the upcoming horror thriller Antebellum, which is no longer being aimed for U.S cinematic release and instead being set to be available on premium on-demand platforms on the 18th September 2020.
The synopsis for the film is as follows.
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped into a horrifying reality and forces her to confront her past, present and future, before it’s too late.
The film was originally set to be released at U.S cinemas on the 24th April, being moved back until 21st August in the hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic would decrease in positive cases and deaths, but the studio then removed the film from any release date entirely as it’s proven that the pandemic is still ongoing. So as safety protocols currently bar New York, California and other stateside cinemas from opening, it will get a PVOD release but offshore markets where the pandemic has eased, the film will still be released there, hopefully on the same day as the PVOD in the U.S though the Deadline report doesn’t make that crystal clear.
Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, released a statement saying:
While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match Gerard and Chris’s urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change. Gerard and Chris are storytellers whose work beats with authenticity – not only will this film entertain and thrill audiences worldwide, but spark a discussion about our current world.
Gerard Bus and Christopher Renz, who are making their directorial feature debuts here, also released a statement saying:
While we designed Antebellum to be consumed as a communal experience in the theatre, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture. As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring Antebellum to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritising health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event.