‘The Lovebirds’ is The First Movie to Skip Theaters and Go to Netflix Due to the Coronavirus

Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjani’s ‘The Lovebirds’ is headed to Netflix due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

As we previously reported, the Coronavirus is upending the film industry with many movies skipping movie theaters and going directly to streaming platforms. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix will release one movie, which was set to hit theaters in the next couple of weeks.

Kumail Nanjani and Issa Rae’s romantic comedy ‘The Lovebirds’ is headed to Netflix. Directed by Michael Showalter, who also directed Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’, ‘The Lovebirds’ centers around a couple who end up mistakenly accused of murder and are forced to clear their names. The movie was set to premiere at SXSW. But, SXSW was canceled due to the coronavirus and then hit theaters on April 3rd. Then, Regal and AMC both closed their theaters nationwide.

You can now stream movies including recent releases such as ‘The Invisible Man,’ ‘The Hunt,’ and ‘Emma’.

In other entertainment news, Batman director Christopher Nolan calls for America to save movie theaters. Critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan has written an op-ed for The Washington Postbegins the nation to keep theaters alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When people think about movies, their minds first go to the stars, the studios, the glamour,” writes Nolan. “But the movie business is about everybody: the people working the concession stands, running the equipment, taking tickets, booking movies, selling advertising and cleaning bathrooms in local theaters. Regular people, many paid hourly wages rather than a salary, earn a living running the most affordable and democratic of our community gathering places.”