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Please Hollywood, don’t make a coronavirus movie


You know who really understands the tragedy, trauma and generation-defining social change of the coronavirus pandemic? The guy who made Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen.

Director, producer and CGI obsessive Michael Bay recently announced that he’s working on a film called Songbird – a bleak dystopian thriller that’s set two years in the future after all attempts to stop the pandemic have failed. Think Armageddon, but real. Or Contagion, but dumb.

Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Contagion’. Credit: Warner Bros

According to Deadline, Songbird is planning to tell the story of the coronavirus in the “spirit of Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield”, which presumably just means that it’s going to be shot with a shaky handheld camera, and not that it’s going to involve ghosts and aliens. Production is taking place in Los Angeles during lockdown, with producers somehow ensuring that social distancing measures are kept in place for the cast and crew. Assuming we’re all actually allowed back into cinemas soon, expect the film to race for a worldwide release later this year.

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Michael Bay is preparing to make a film about the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Alamy

The best way of looking at any key moment in history is from a safe distance. The more time passes, the less responsibility writers and directors have to tell the side of the story that everyone expects them to. Remember Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center? Made just five years after 9/11, one of America’s most incendiary political directors gave us a film about Nicolas Cage saving people from a burning building.

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Did Oliver Stone’s Nicolas Cage vehicle ‘World Trade Center’ come too soon after the 9/11 attacks? Credit: Alamy

Make a big coronavirus movie now and the same thing would have to happen out of respect for all the people that have lost their lives, their jobs, their way of life – and we’d only end up with Nicolas Cage heroically saving old people in an ICU ward instead of something that actually feels relevant. Spike Lee’s 25th Hour was made just one year after the September 11th attacks, but by pushing those events into the background and only ever acknowledging them by mood, he made a far better film about 2001 than Stone ever did. How long before we can make indies about furloughed factory workers? Romcoms about couples stuck in lockdown? Horrors about deserted office blocks?

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Cinemas around the world are preparing to reopen in the next few months. Credit: Alamy

What’s more, we already have a load of good movies about pandemics – and none of them have the weight of reality hanging around their necks. Outbreak (1995), Contagion (2011) and Flu (2013) are all great watches (maybe for a different time…) and all paint a picture of a real-world medical emergency that never actually happened – focusing on doctors, politicians and patients dealing with fictional disasters. If you want a movie set in the future where a pandemic has already wrecked everything, watch 12 Monkeys (1995), 28 Days Later (2002) or Children Of Men (2006). If you want something more fun, go for one of the million movies about diseases that turn people into zombies, vampires or flesh-eating cannibals. And if you still really want to watch Michael Bay fuck up a film about a real tragedy, go watch Pearl Harbour.

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