Lionsgate has announced that they will release the Janelle Monáe led horror film, Antebellum, digitally. Lionsgate’s move to send a major picture to a digitally release comes just days after Disney elected to do the same with Mulan.
“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,” Writer-director duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz said about the film.
“While the theatrical experience will always be the heart of our business, we are thrilled that we are able to seize the opportunity to match Gerard and Chris’s urgent and immediate film with a release strategy befitting this moment of extraordinary change,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Chairman Joe Drake said.
Antebellum will be available digitally beginning September 18, 2020.