Michael Bay’s new movie is reportedly now casting and ready to start production in five weeks in Los Angeles, California.
Around the country, Hollywood productions are still largely shut down. Timelines for nearly everything is still up in the air, and product lines are still shut down indefinitely.
That said, one filmmaker has a plan to resume production sooner than later. According to Deadline, a Michael Bay production hopes to start filming in Los Angeles as soon as five weeks. The movie, titled ‘Songbird’ takes place in the future in a world ruined by disease and millions of people on lockdown.
Former Paramount production chief Adam Goodman’s Invisible Narratives has teamed with Michael Bay to produce Songbird, a pandemic thriller that plans to take an unusual approach to shoot a movie in Los Angeles during the lockdown. It will begin production within five weeks and might be the first film to shoot in the city.
The film will be directed by Adam Mason (Into The Dark), who wrote the script with Simon Boyes (Misconduct). The filmmakers are providing remote training for the actors. None of the participants would say exactly how they plan to shoot a movie at a time when the guilds are still compiling their own safety protocols so that production can resume.
Financing for the “low budget” movie is reportedly secure and the various unions involved have apparently given the project the okay to move forward. However, there are many unknowns about how the production will film and produce on location. Deadline explains the movie as the movie could take a found footage approach. The project says Michael Bay is now casting for the new movie and it could be one of the first projects to be made during a quarantine.
Actress Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s new drama series ‘Batwoman’ is leaving the Warner Bros. Television drama series after one season. The show, which the CW renewed for a second season, will continue with the series and recasting the lead role.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”
According to Deadline, her departure is not released to the stunt injury she sustained during filming of Season 1, which left her facing paralysis and emergency surgery. Deadline reports she decided to leave the show after looking back on the first season and its challenges. The show, which is shot in Vancouver, was cut short due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline says Ruby Rose was not accustomed to working long hours on a network TV show. “I hear Rose, whose most extensive previous TV gig was a nine-episode arc on Orange Is the New Black, was not happy, and the show’s team was not happy to a point where no one could see this going for another season. It was not a good fit, and the studio and the star opted to part ways.”
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