Major changes are happening across Hollywood because of the coronavirus epidemic.
–Marvel Studios has pushed pause on production for all of its Disney+ series, which includes “Loki” and “WandaVision” in addition to the previously announced shutdown of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
–Warner Bros. has halted production on “The Batman” for two weeks. The shoot on the upcoming tentpole directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson was taking place in the United Kingdom.
–Universal has halted filming on “Jurassic World: Dominion” due to coronavirus concerns. Universal also suspended production on the forthcoming boxing biopic “Flint Strong,” starring Ice Cube and Ryan Destiny, and delayed the start on Billy Eichner’s rom-com “Bros.”
–Apple has closed all retail locations outside of China until March 27, with CEO Tim Cook pledging $15 million toward relief to combat the spreading virus.
–“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “Real Time With Bill Maher” are going on indefinite hiatuses. Oliver’s shortened March 15 show is still expected to air as scheduled.
–The 63rd-annual San Francisco International Film Festival has cancelled this year’s edition, which was set to run April 8 through 21. The festival press conference slated for March 18 has also been cancelled. “We are proud of the festival program we have assembled, and we are still planning to publish the lineup on March 18 for the public to see what we have been working on for the past several months,” the festival said in a statement. The decision came after SFFILM’s board of directors held an emergency meeting, resulting in a unanimous vote to cancel the event. This was also the last year for Rachel Rosen as Director of Programming, but SFFILM hopes to give her a proper send-off in a to-be-announced form.
–HBO has halted production on Season 2 of the comedy series “The Righteous Gemstones,” and delayed the start of production for Season 2 of “Euphoria.” TNT’s “Snowpiercer” has also put production on hold.
–All Apple TV+ series in production have been temporarily suspended, sources told IndieWire. The affected projects, which are all produced by outside studios, include “See,” “Servant,” “For All Mankind,” “Lisey’s Story,” and “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.” Production on “The Morning Show,” the streaming service’s launch tentpole, was suspended earlier in the week.
-ABC has announced that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” will suspend production starting Monday, May 16. ABC anticipates putting “Kimmel” back on the air March 30, and “General Hospital” hopes to resume production on April 10.
–Netflix is stopping production on all scripted TV series and films in the U.S. and Canada for at least two weeks, sourced confirmed to IndieWire. The company is scheduled to spend reportedly $17.3 billion on original content in 2020.
–Production on “Young Sheldon,” “Batwoman,” “The Bachelorette,” and “God Friended Me” has been suspended, according to Deadline.
–Disney is shutting down production on “The Little Mermaid,” “Home Alone,” “Peter Pan & Wendy,” “Nightmare Alley,” and “Shrunk,” the upcoming sequel to “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” A studio spokesperson says: “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 CW is shutting down production on superhero series “The Flash” “until further notice,” Deadline reports. Production on the series will stop today, March 13. “The Flash” is the second series to shut down production for The CW following “Riverdale.”
– Marvel Studios’ ‘Shang-Chi’ temporarily shuts down production, except for second-unit shoots, in Australia where the movie has been filming since February. According to Variety, its director, “Short Term 12” and “Just Mercy” helmer Destin Daniel Cretton has self-isolated and awaits COVID-19 test results, though he has not been experiencing symptoms. It is unclear if the production suspension will jeopardize the film’s scheduled February 2021 release.
-The New York-based “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and “The Wendy Williams Show” are suspending production. All three programs previously announced that they would film without studio audiences. Deadline reported that Fallon’s show will tape an episode tonight, though Meyers’ will air an encore episode instead of taping a new episode.
–Walt Disney Pictures has delayed the release date for “Mulan” due to coronavirus concerns. Niki Caro’s film, which already saw the cancellation of its European red carpet over the virus, was slated for a March 27 release in the United States, with release dates globally beginning March 26. Disney has not set plans for a future release date.
–20th Century Studios has moved “New Mutants” (originally set for April 3) and Searchlight’s “Antlers” (which was set for April 17). No new release dates have been announced.
–Universal Studios is pushing the ninth “Fast and Furious” movie off its May release date and rescheduling it for almost a year later. “F9” was set to open May, 22 but will now open April 2, 2021.
-The 2020 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is being postponed amid the global coronavirus outbreak. The network said in a statement, “The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority. We will have further information about a new date in the future.
–Disney has cancelled the red carpet for the “Mulan” European premiere in London. The studio said there would be no red carpet “in an abundance of caution” over the spread of coronavirus. Disney said in a statement: “In an abundance of caution we are downscaling this evening’s premiere of ‘Mulan’ and will no longer have a media line or red carpet, we will however continue to host the premiere screening as a contained inside screening event.”
-Deadline reports Paramount Pictures is delaying the international rollout of “A Quiet Place Part II.” UK exhibitors have been notified at the film is moving dates. The movie was scheduled to open in the UK on March 18 before its U.S. opening on March 20.
-Production on “Riverdale” has been shut down. The publication reported a team member working on the show came into contact with an individual who tested positive for the coronavirus. Warner Bros. sent out a prepared statement which reads, “We have been made aware that a team member from ‘Riverdale,’ which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation. We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. Out of an abundance of caution, production on ‘Riverdale’ is currently suspended.”