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Lovebirds: Kumail Nanjiani’s Film To Release On Netflix Amid Theatre Shutdowns


David Mudd

Another upcoming movie Lovebirds from Paramount failed to secure a release date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Let’s find out what alternative path Paramount took for the release this rom-com.

Michael Showalter’s Lovebirds

Lovebirds is an upcoming American romantic comedy by Paramount Pictures. Michael Showalter is the director of the movie, alongside Aaron Abrams writing the scripts.


Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae star the movie as a sweet, romantic couple. However, the two somehow end up being pulled into a murder mystery. In the process of solving the case, they feel a newfound connection with each other.

Watch the trailer of the movie here.

The Movie’s Release

Paramount had planned to premiere the movie in the upcoming SXSW 2020 festival in the first place. But they had to cancel the whole event due to the fear of Coronavirus outbreak.

Read the details of the cancellation here.

After the cancellation, the production team decided to release the movie theatrically on April 3rd. But unfortunately, the global shutdown of theatres wouldn’t let them move forward.

Check out all the Disney+ productions that are postponed or halted due to the pandemic.


Lovebirds Arriving On Netflix

The CEO of Paramount, Jim Gianopulos, recently declared that they would release the movie on Netflix instead.

Paramount is already in loss due to the postponement of its big-budget movie, A Quiet Place II, starring Emily Blunt.

It seems rational to release a middle-budget film like Lovebirds to release on Netflix. Paramount has done business with Netflix before when it sold The Cloverfield Paradox to the platform.

When Will The Movie Stream On Netflix?

There’s no official announcement regarding the movie’s release date on Netflix. But since it’s an online release, we don’t see why they’d have to change the initial date.


Paramount has shown an alternative path to other production studios in this time of crisis. We agree that releasing big-budget movies like No Time To Die and Black Widow would be a huge loss for the producers. But there’s no harm in releasing other, small-scale movies on such platforms.

It will provide the people indoors new entertainment, and be a compensation for the studios as well.