Remember that cool looking time traveling horror film starring actress/singer Janelle Monae called Antebellum? No? Well don’t feel too bad, because you will soon be able to watch it at home via PVOD!
Originally set for an April release before the world went to hell, the film will now bypass U.S. theaters, arriving on VOD Sept. 18. Distributor Lionsgate announced the news Thursday, somewhat ironically calling the film “the ultimate big screen event” in a tweet. Antebellum will still have a theatrical run “in select international markets,” according to a press release.
I mean, I guess if you have a big television this still applies.
“While we designed Antebellum to be consumed as a communal experience in the theater, we are thrilled by the unique opportunity we have to pivot to a different kind of communal moment in our culture,” writer-directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz said in a statement. “As we face the realities of systemic racism in our country, which have crescendoed to this current inflection point in 2020, we understand how imperative it is to bring Antebellum to the broadest audience possible, while also prioritizing health and safety. It is our ardent hope that by sharing our film widely, both nationally and internationally, we will transform the moviegoing experience from home into a true event.”
Antebellum is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The film stars Janelle Monáe, Marque Richardson, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.
The film follows successful author Veronica Henley who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality during the Underground Railroad period and must find a way to break free.