Production on the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings film, due out in February 2021 was halted due to concerns regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The director of the film, Destin Daniel Cretton, was administered a test for the COVID-19 disease under the recommendation of his doctor and is currently in self-isolation. A note was given to the movie crew regarding this situation:
As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a new born baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for Covid-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor. While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending 1st unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update.
So we guess we’ll find out more about how things will proceed after Tuesday…
The villain, known as COVID-19, didn’t stop there though. Other genre productions has also been affected, notably on several CW shows. Shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Lucifer are facing a real-life Crisis now, shutting down production on those shows. A statement from Warner Bros. states that these productions are being halted just as a precaution, not because of any known infection:
With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our productions, but the health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based.
On Riverdale, there was a team member on its crew who did come into contact who tested positive for COVID-19, and that team member is being evaluated. Warner Bros. is working with authorities and agencies in Vancouver (where the show is shot) to contact those who may have affected by this and production has been halted on that show as well.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed that all production has been halted, work on the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has shut down for the Prague location, with the crew shifting back to Atlanta, Georgia for now.
We’re pretty sure these won’t be the only productions being impacted by COVID-19.
It’s a bummer that shows that we are looking forward to are being delayed, but let’s hope for the safety for everyone involved.
Variety is reporting that all Marvel related Disney+ shows in production are being put on pause. This includes the previously mentioned The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and will affect Loki and WandaVision. However, for shows that are in pre-production, work for those will continue with workers doing their duties remotely.
Production on The Batman movie The Batman is also being put on pause.