COVID-19 Officially Starts Shutting Down the Film Industry

A lot has changed since our post about how Covid-19, the coronavirus rapidly spreading across the globe, has resulted in movie theater losses, the cancellation of SXSW, and the postponement of Never Say Die‘s release date.

The coronavirus effect on Hollywood has also hit one of our most beloved actors: Tom Hanks announced from Australia that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Late last week, Disney announced that it was halting production on all its movies currently filming and about to film. These include the following:

Disney films in pre-production:

  • The Little Mermaid
  • Peter Pan & Wendy
  • Shrunk

In production:

  • Home Alone
  • The Last Duel
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings
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A Disney spokesperson released the following 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.”

Many TV shows have also halted or delayed production due to COVID-19. Deadline is continually updating a list of shows that currently includes The Bachelorette, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, The Price is Right, Supergirl, The Talk, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and more.

As countries and states attempt to “flatten the curve” of the spreading virus, officials have advised people to avoid public gatherings and stay at least six feet away from other people. Film and TV productions naturally would involve large groups of people in close proximity.

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Meanwhile, the coronavirus effect on Hollywood has also spread to corporate offices. Many film and TV companies such as WarnerMedia, NBCU, Amazon and Netflix have encouraged or required employees to begin working remotely.

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