STXfilms have released the official trailer for the upcoming thriller Songbird.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
In the terrifying thriller Songbird, the COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico, who’s immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara, though her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment … or worse.
There’s been a lot of discussion online about Songbird, with its hook about the worse-case scenario of a COVID pandemic in the future, especially since we’re still going through a pandemic right now, and you have to question just exactly who is this film for? What kind of audience are they expecting? After all, films are all about escapism and having this fast-tracked so quickly from idea to production and, no matter what they say their intentions were doing the project, it will be seen as ill-judged/tone deaf at best and capitalising on the world population’s suffering at worst.
The film is directed by Adam Mason, who co-wrote the script with Simon Boyes, and stars KJ Apa, Sofia Carson, Peter Stormare, Demi Moore, Alexandra Daddario, Bradley Whitford, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser, Jenny Ortega, Ethan Josh Lee, Lia McHugh and Michole Briana White.
Songbird is currently scheduled for release (whether it be cinematic or on demand remains to be seen) in 2021.