Disney To Shutdown Production on All Live-Action Projects Including ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Shrunk’
Disney is continuing to take pre-cautious measures in regards to the coronavirus when it comes to their films, as the company is now shutting down production on multiple films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, among those films are Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid (which was to start production next week), Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Home Alone, The Last Duel, and Nightmare Alley. Peter Pan and Wendy, and Shrunk, are both in pre-production but sadly are being shutdown as well.
Disney released a statement which points out that these films are not canceled and will start up again in the future:
“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.”
Yesterday, the company announced that it would be moving release dates for three of their upcoming film releases, Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers. It is unknown when these films will get released.
Shang-Chi direcror Destin Daniel Cretton made the choice to get tested for the virus yesterday and isolate himself but reports said that the second unit team was still going to move on with production while the first unit team halted production, now it’s all shutdown.
Marvel Studios is reportedly sticking to their early May for Black Widow release but will re-evaluate if needed.
The virus has also caused all Disney Parks to shutdown, with no exact timetable for all their re-openings.
Source The Hollywood Reporter