Well, it didn’t take long to make a decision after pulling Antebellum from the release schedule just days ago. The Janelle Monae-led thriller has been getting bumped all over the place due to the pandemic, but now it has a new home that will do away with that. The film will follow in the footsteps of Mulan and go straight to Premium VOD this September.
Lionsgate has announced Antebellum will be made available as a Premium VOD release on September 18th. Select international markets will continue to get it theatrically, but here in the U.S. that won’t be an option.
Antebellum stars Monae as an author who is somehow transported back to the antebellum south, and must find her way to freedom. The film is directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, who are happy to be able to get their movie out there in the face of unprecedented circumstances. The duo said in a statement…
“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. 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.”
Check out the latest, and final, Antebellum trailer below. They’ve shown so much of this movie already I just hope there are still a few surprises left.