Over the past week or two we’ve seen early VOD announcements for almost all of the major releases that were playing in theatres prior to the coronavirus shutdown including Onward, Birds of Prey, Bloodshot, The Invisible Man and The Hunt. On Friday, Paramount also announced that Sonic the Hedgehog will be hitting digital on March 31st. Now it looks like they will also be involved in the first COVID-19 direct-to-Netflix announcement as well. The studio is reportedly finalizing a deal with Netflix to debut their upcoming Kumail Nanjiani / Issa Rae comedy The Lovebirds. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Netflix is in talks to acquire global streaming rights to The Lovebirds. The movie was originally scheduled to premiere at SXSW and was going to hit theatres on April 3rd. Netflix has not set a release date as of yet but it is possible it will arrive on the streaming service on April 3rd.
The movie is directed by Michael Showalter and stars Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae as a couple who stumble into a murder mystery and are forced to clear their names. Although most of the major releases from April and May have already been postponed and are unlikely to go direct to a streaming service, a mid-range movie like this one makes a lot of sense for all parties involved. Are you looking forward to The Lovebirds?