The Lovebirds has flown the in-theater coop and taken its business to Netflix. After the Issa Rae- and Kumail Nanjiani-led romantic comedy had its theatrical release postponed due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and country-wide theater closure, the film will be the first to skip right over to a streaming release.
The Lovebirds was originally scheduled to hit theaters on April 3, but, like most films originally slated to premiere Spring 2020, it encountered complications when film festivals like South by Southwest were canceled. Paramount Pictures later pulled the release from the calendar entirely before announcing the move to the streaming giant. The Lovebirds joins other Paramount productions that have been delayed due to the pandemic, including the heavily anticipated A Quiet Place sequel, A Quiet Place Part II.
The romantic comedy's move to Netflix makes sense since it's not as huge a production as A Quiet Place II and will probably find a larger audience online than it would have in theaters. The Lovebirds' new release date hasn't been announced yet, but hopefully it won't be too far from the original premiere date!