The new romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani will no longer get a theatrical release due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus and movie theaters closing.
Instead, "The Lovebirds" will head straight to Netflix.
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Paramount, the studio behind the film, pulled the movie from theaters along with its other features "A Quiet Place Part II" and "Blue Story," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A release date for “The Lovebirds” has yet to be announced, but previously, the film was set for an April 3 theatrical debut.
The movie follows Rae and Kumali as their characters are barely hanging onto their relationship. With the romance threatening to end, they suddenly get wrapped up in a strange and amusing murder-mystery.
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“The Lovebirds” heading to Netflix is the first movie a studio has pulled from release to land on a non-studio streaming service, THR reported. However, Paramount does have an ongoing partnership with Netflix. It’s a multi-picture film deal that Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos told THR would comprise “a small number of titles.”
Rae's movie being pulled from the theatrical release schedule comes after Universal Pictures removed movies from theaters and placed them on on-demand streaming services.
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