SAG-AFTRA has canceled its order “does not work” for the pandemic thriller “Songbird”, produced by Michael Bay.
The Artists Association announced Friday on its website, a day after telling its members not to work on the project: “SAG-AFTRA has claimed that it does not work for the feature film” Songbird, produced by On a Lark Productions, LLC and members are free to work with this production immediately. “
SAG-AFTRA did not elaborate. “Songbird” was announced in mid-May as a low-budget production to shoot in Los Angeles. SAG-AFTRA said on Thursday that the company had not completed the signing process and was not signed to any applicable SAG-AFTRA agreement. A spokesman had claimed that the producers had not been open about their safety protocols and added: “This is something we are obviously taking very seriously.”
SAG-AFTRA had also warned members on Thursday that they could be disciplined if they worked on “Songbird.”
“Songbird” is a near-future story produced by Bay with Adam Goodman’s Invisible Narratives and Catchlight Studios. Adam Mason directs from a script he wrote with Simon Boyes. The story is set two years into a future where the pandemic has not disappeared as the virus continues to mutate. ICM Partners and Endeavor partnered to sell “Songbird” on last month’s virtual Cannes market.
The producers did not respond to a request for comment regarding the announcement from SAG-AFTRA. “Songbird” is one of the first titles to start production in Los Angeles since the COVID-19 crisis stopped production in March.