Now that coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) has been labelled a worldwide pandemic, many employers are advising staff to work from home where possible, while others are self-isolating in an attempt to slow the spread.
No Time To Die
The latest James Bond movie was one of the first films to announce a delayed release date due to Coronavirus. Ditching its April 2 release date in favour of November 25, MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli made the following announcement via Twitter: “After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of ‘No Time To Die’ will be postponed until November 2020.”
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020. pic.twitter.com/a9h1RP5OKd— James Bond (@007) March 4, 2020
A Quiet Place Part II
It was meant to drop this week, but director John Krasinki announced A Quiet Place Part II's release date would be delayed due to cinemas and mass gatherings being banned. He said on Instagram:
"One of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together. Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that. As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie … I’m gonna wait to release the film till we CAN all see it together! So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon!"
Mulan and future Disney productions
The live action remake for Mulan was scheduled for release on March 27, but Disney have announced this will no longer be the case. They also made a statement explaining they had put a hold on all live action productions for now, adding:
"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."
Peter Rabbit 2
An announcement came that the release of Peter Rabbit 2 was being delayed from March until August, in an attempt to attract a larger audience to cinemas. until August. Initially set for release in the UK in March, the film has been pushed back in an attempt to attract a larger audience.
Fast And Furious 9
Universal Pictures pushed Fast & Furious 9‘s release date back from May 2020 to April 2021, despite launching the film’s trailer at the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Robert Pattinson's The Batman film has also been put on a two week hiatus due to mounting concerns over the coronavirus. Again, it's unclear if this delay will have any effect on its currently scheduled release date in June 2021. Warner Bros. said: "[The] feature production of The Batman will hiatus filming for two weeks beginning today. The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely."
Jurassic World: Dominion
Universal have announced a studio-wide temporary shutdown, with the Jurassic World sequel effected. A statement read, "The studio continues to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination on when to restart production in the coming weeks."
The Marvel spin off has already had its fair share of delays, and sadly its April 3rd release date has been pushed back yet again. Disney haven't yet given a new one.
Mission Impossible 7
The Mission Impossible team cancelled a three-week shoot in Venice, Italy, amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The movie is still scheduled for a release on 23rd July, 2021, and it's currently unclear whether the delay will impact that.
Other films on hold
Paramount Pictures is also delaying comedy The Lovebirds, starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, indefinitely, while The Truth has been pushed from March to the summer.
Line Of Duty
The official Twitter account for Line Of Duty announced filming AC12's latest case was on hold for now, in light of the coronavirus. "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, @worldprods are suspending filming of #LineofDuty S6 with the support of the BBC. We will keep you updated with further developments in due course. Thank you," the statement read.
In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, @worldprods are suspending filming of #LineofDuty S6 with the support of the BBC.— Line of Duty (@Line_of_duty) March 16, 2020
We will keep you updated with further developments in due course. Thank you.
The BBC also shared a statement about season six of Peaky Blinders delaying filming, which read: "After much consideration, and in light of the situation concerning Covid-19, the start of production on Peaky Blinders Series 6 has been postponed. Huge thanks to our incredible cast and crew, and to all our amazing fans for their continued support."
An announcement on Peaky Blinders Season 6. pic.twitter.com/g1vEnpi8bU— Peaky Blinders (@ThePeakyBlinder) March 16, 2020
Warner Bros announced that Riverdale is the latest show to be affected, as production of the show's fourth season has been halted due to concern about a crew member. They said in a statement, "We have been made aware that a team member from Riverdale, which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation."
"We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member," the statement read. "The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority."
Stranger Things, Fargo and other Netflix productions
Netflix is shutting down all of its scripted film and TV productions in the United States and Canada, including Stranger Things due to the coronavirus, IndieWire and NY Post report. Due to government restrictions and health and safety precautions, the streaming service have put a two week hold on production, and will reassess in a fortnight.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
Production on the Disney+/Marvel series has halted over Coronavirus concerns, after they were due to begin a shoot in Prague in early March, but the Czech government imposed a series of restrictions on all travel and events in the country. The show is due to be released in August.
Donald Glover's Atlanta has been shut down for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns, Deadline report.
Celebrity Race Across The World
Unsurprisingly, BBC have had to put a hold on Celebrity Race Across The World, due to the international nature of the show. In a statement, the BBC said:
"Celebrity Race Across the World involves contestants travelling across a number of different countries, and given that official advice in relation to specific countries is continually changing in line with the spread of Covid-19, Studio Lambert has decided to delay production on this series in consultation with and supported by the BBC.
"We will continue to review all productions on a case by case basis following the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England."
Other shows on hold
Many other international shows have halted production for the time being, with the likes of The Morning Show s2 (Apple TV+), Grace And Frankie (Netflix), Lucifer (Netflix) , WandaVision (Disney+) announcing pauses.
While this is undeniably frustrating, especially given a time of isolation is exactly when you need great TV and films to keep you going, at least Netflix have some great options already.
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