“Although there was no confirmed case of COVID-19 in our productions, after taking into account the current environment and having given priority to the health of our actors and our team, we took the decision to stop production of some of our live action movies for a short time “a Disney spokesperson said in a statement.
The new “Peter Pan and Wendy”, as well as “Shrunk”, a sequel to the 1980s classic “Honey, I shrunk the kids”, are also delayed, even if they were only two pre-production stage. “We will continue to assess the situation and resume work as soon as possible”said the entertainment giant.
The Disney decision affects a large number of studios the company owns, such as Fox and Searchlight. Marvel, also under Disney control, has already suspended filming for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” after director, Destin Daniel Cretton, placed himself in solitary confinement.
The Mickey Mouse plant also suspended some 16 television pilots for the same reasons, according to news media. Likewise, filming has already been interrupted in other studios such as “Mission Impossible” in Italy, “Official Competition” – with Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas – in Spain, and the competition “The Amazing Race” worldwide.
Preparations for the filming of Elvis Presley’s biography are also halted after one of his protagonists, Tom Hanks tested positive for coronavirus in Australia.