As of October 29, 228,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. If you are studying this, there is a 40 p.c likelihood that you realize somebody who has been hospitalized or died from the pandemic within the final seven months. And the forecast going ahead appears grim. The CDC predictions point out that we are going to see a complete of 235,000 to 247,000 deaths by November 14. Americans—and the remainder of the world—are bracing for a grim winter forward.

In the final seven months, we have seen Hollywood try to deal with the pandemic to various levels of success. Gal Gadot pulled collectively a bunch of celebrities for a extensively mocked cowl of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Rob McElhenney and his group at Mythic Quest, wrote a hilarious of-the-moment COVID episode that finds some levity in our collective wrestle to determine working from dwelling. The upcoming season of Grey’s Anatomy may have a COVID-focused season, which government producer Krista Vernoff says was conceived as a result of the present has “an opportunity and a responsibility” to point out how the pandemic impacts healthcare staff.

In the approaching months and years there may be undoubtedly going to be a surge of fictionalized COVID-tainment. There will likely be novels, there will likely be exhibits, there will likely be motion pictures. Some of this will likely be precious—artwork, in any case, has a strong means of serving to us take inventory of what occurred, the place we’re headed, and what has develop into of a society collectively ravaged by a catastrophe. But, quite a lot of it, you will be positive, will likely be opportunistic trash.

It’s too quickly to inform the way it will all play out, however immediately, Michael Bay provided a glimpse at the way forward for a Hollywood-ized pandemic film.

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The trailer for the brand new film Songbird, which Bay government produced, imagines a future the place, “the COVID-23 virus has mutated and the world is in its fourth year of lockdown.”

That’s proper, the identical man who launched a Benghazi film in 2016, has conceived COVID-19 fan fiction through which every little thing will get considerably worse, as if issues have not gotten regularly worse by the day for the final seven months. Then, he launched the trailer six days earlier than a presidential election through which the incumbent has loudly and repeatedly downplayed the virus’s hazard. Could COVID skeptics, exhausted by months of isolation, learn this trailer as a warning of the hazards of a chronic lockdown? It’s not not potential!

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The film would not have a launch date, however any launch date is simply too quickly. Unless after all, you need to hear the phrase COVID-23. If you need to see photographs of Los Angeles in flames, the place, for some cause, buildings have been destroyed due to a virus. If you need to see a bunch of troopers pointing weapons at Archie from Riverdale, who’s holding up his arms in give up, yelling “whoa whoa whoa, I’m immune.” If you possibly can even sit via a trailer that makes use of the obvious, lazy close to future sci-fi tropes however repackages them with a COVID facelift.

Typically I do not choose a film by its trailer. It’s not typically a good suggestion to solid judgment upon one thing with out truly seeing it. And it is fairly potential that this film might be nice. I do not know!

But it is the idea of this factor that basically ticks me off. I’ve associates proper now who’re affected by COVID, family members who’re fearing for his or her lives. We all do. More persons are going to die. And I do not suppose the man who made Megan Fox wash his Ferrari to audition for Transformers is the very best individual to thoughtfully discover that means in a pandemic that has no finish in sight. Hell, even with 60 years of hindsight, Bay made a Pearl Harbor film that’s extensively thought of a shame to the two,403 sailors who misplaced their lives.

I simply need to level to how the idea of this film started, as reported by Entertainment Weekly:

The day after elements of the nation went into official lockdown on March 13, [director Adam Mason] acquired a name from his writing accomplice Simon Boyes. “It was surprisingly early, and he was surprisingly excited,” says Mason. “I was like, ‘Why are you excited? It’s the end of the world.’ He said, ‘We should just go and make a movie. We should just get together with our friends and do something on our phones.’”

Why are you excited, certainly? I can safely say I’m not.

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