Shows affected include Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, Shrunk and Home Alone…
The Coronavirus pandemic is starting to really affect Hollywood right about now. News has broken that many of the Disney live-action films that were mere days from going before the cameras have now been halted while the crisis is ongoing. Productions that have been affected include the live-action remake of the classic animated film ‘The Little Mermaid‘ which was due to star Halle Bailey, was to be shot in London and was due before cameras in nine days time, ‘Shrunk‘ which is a sequel to ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’, ‘Peter Pan & Wendy‘, the reboot of ‘Home Alone‘, Guillermo Del Toro’s thriller ‘Nightmare Alley‘ and the Ridley Scott drama ‘The Last Duel‘. The news comes hot on the tail of the first unit shutdown on ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Seven Rings‘ that was reported today due to the films’ director, Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolating while awaiting the results of his testing for Covid-19.
Disney said in a statement:
“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible”
Del Toro’s and Scott’s movies along with ‘Home Alone‘ were acquired by Disney after their assimilation of 20th Century Fox last year. The plan was to release them under the new ’20th Century Entertainment’ banner that Disney has given to those films that will be made under the former studio.
The postponement of their upcoming productions means they join ‘Mulan‘. ‘The New Mutants‘ and ‘Antlers‘ that was postponed indefinitely yesterday due to the ongoing crisis. As of this writing, the plans to release ‘Black Widow‘ on May 1st and ‘Artemis Fowl‘ on May 29th are still unaffected.
Netflix has also hit the brakes on all their currently filming content. This news means that shows such as ‘Stranger Things‘ and ‘Altered Carbon‘ will be impacted and, in the case of Stranger Things, it means the world almost certainly won’t get to see the highly anticipated fourth season this year.
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