By: John M Jerva
The Coronavirus hits just keep on coming as Disney has announced that production has been officially halted on the MCU film Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings as director Destin Daniel Cretton has been self quarantined per doctor’s orders as he awaits news of his test results.
Cretton has been in Australia filming the movie when the incident happened according to The Hollywood Reporter and wanted to take proper precautions as he has a new born baby. The movie issued an official statement:
“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a new born baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for Covid-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor. While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending 1st unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update.
This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.”
There is now word on how long production will be halted or how long Cretton will be in quarantine so there is no telling if this will delay the film’s release which is supposed to be February 21st, 2021.
This is the second Marvel property to suspend filming as it was also announced earlier in the week that production stopped on the Disney+/MCU series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier which was filming in Prague for a few weeks amidst concerns of the Coronavirus.
All this comes on the heels this week after announcements were made delaying major film releases like Mulan, F9 and A Quiet Place 2. It’s shaping up to be a pretty miserable summer at the box office unfortunately and I really hope we see a light at the end of the tunnel sooner rather than later. Keep it locked and loaded right here for more.