Disney Halts Production of Several Titles Due to Coronavirus
By Allyson Vannatta, Staff Writer
Disney halted production on several movies for the time being due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, according to Variety. Titles from multiple Disney-owned companies were affected, not just the primary Disney brand.
THE LAST DUEL, THE LITTLE MERMAID, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, HOME ALONE, NIGHTMARE ALLEY, PETER PAN & WENDY and SHRUNK are among the titles that are shut down until further notice.
The studio released this statement regarding their decision.
“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.”
The live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID was supposed to start shooting in London this week.
THE LAST DUEL, starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck, started shooting in February in Ireland, but has now been halted indefinitely. The movie is supposed to be released Christmas day of this year.
Bradley Cooper stars in NIGHTMARE ALLEY with Guillermo del Toro co-writing and directing. According to Variety the movie doesn’t have a release date, yet.
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS director Destin Cretton self-isolated and was being tested for precaution and intended for production to continue. However, Disney decided to put filming on pause for the time being.
Finally, PETER PAN & WENDY and SHRUNK were both in pre-production, but now also on hiatus with the spread of the Coronavirus.