Coronavirus Stalls Production On Movies
With the coronavirus affecting the world, it has dampened almost every business. The pandemic has hit Hollywood so severely as multiple film projects had to be put on hold for the safety of its staff and crew. Some films were awaiting release but had to ultimately be pushed back to a later date once the outbreak had come down. With everything put to a halt, it’ll be hard to imagine how the industry will pick back up once everything is back to normalcy. Some of these films started filming even before the coronavirus hit, but most of them remain incomplete afterward.
Many studios had to hit pause on many of their films that were supposed to start production this year. Disney had a number of projects in the works, including the sequels to Avatar, Marvel’s upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and a live-action adaptation of Peter Pan & Wendy. Even Sony had to stop pre-production on their video game adaptation of Uncharted for a couple of weeks, causing the studio to move the release date to March 5, 2021. Universal’s upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion was in the middle of production in Hawaii, but they had to stop after the pandemic hit. Warner Bros. may have been hit the hardest since they had multiple big-budgeted films in production like The Batman, Matrix 4, and the next installment to Fantastic Beasts. On top of that, an untitled film about Elvis Presley was in production from the studio, where Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were among the first celebrities to be exposed to the virus.
Production on a couple of indie films were also affected by the coronavirus, forcing most of them to stop filming. Blumhouse was working on a thriller with actor B.J. Novak titled Vengeance, which was being filmed in New Mexico. Other small-budget films were supposed to be shot overseas during the time the pandemic hit. Films The Forgiven and Official Competition were both scheduled to be shooting in Spain until the coronavirus hit, causing production to be delayed. Films like Mission Impossible 7 were also set to film in Italy, where the pandemic hit the hardest. It would be difficult for travel as flying to Europe has been impossible with the pandemic affecting countries worldwide.
While we don’t know the scope of how long the pandemic will last, it’ll certainly leave a huge impact on the movie industry as studios scramble to determine when is the best time to start production again.