Disney announced it has shut down production on multiple feature films amid concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak has as prompted governments and businesses to take precautions in order to minimize the spread of the disease, including the suspension of production on film and television projects across the globe. Now, Disney has announced that it will also suspend production on multiple feature films, including those that were already filming and those that were about to begin. A Disney spokesperson made the following statement on the decision to suspend production some its live-action films in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic:
“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.”
Among the projects affected the shut down is Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, which was just nine days away from beginning production in London.
Projects that were in the pre-production phase and will now be delayed include Peter Pan & Wendy and the new Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel. Films that were in production that will now shut down include the Home Alone reboot, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.
Disney’s decision comes after production on Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings was shut down following director Destin Daniel Cretton’s choice to place himself under self-isolation after the recommendation of a doctor. Furthermore, the impact of the coronavirus prompted Disney to push back the release dates of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Disney and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the entertainment business.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter