The Coronavirus has had a massive negative impact recently as more people continue to get sick and even more events are shut down. This includes theatrical film releases, conventions, and even film productions – one of which now being Marvel’s highly anticipated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. In fact, not only has production on the anticipated superhero film been paused, but Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton is being tested for the Coronavirus.
In fact, Destin Daniel Cretton is currently under quarantine as he awaits test results confirming whether or not he’s been inflicted with the Coronavirus. In the meantime, first-unit shooting on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been paused due to the Coronavirus, along with all other units of production. And it is not the only Disney project to be impacted in such a way. It is unclear when production will resume, although THR managed to share this note to crew members:
“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.”
It has definitely been a difficult time as this Coronavirus ordeal continues to spread and negatively impact the entertainment industry along with the overall economy. Hopefully things are dealt with soon and everything can go back to normal.
Update: The director tested negative:
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Last Friday, I decided to be tested for the Corona virus. I was working in close proximity with some people who had potentially been exposed, and because Nik and I have a newborn at home, I wanted to be as safe as possible. During my weekend of isolation away from my family, I had a lot of time to ponder this interesting moment in history that our second child was born into, a time full of opinions and division, where scientific truths are debated and brushed off as political spins. But in the midst of this storm, while staring up at a spot on my hotel ceiling that I swear looked exactly like a bunny, I could see something really quite beautiful happening. People all around the world are beginning to realize how connected we are, how vulnerable we are, how much we need each other to survive. I am happy to say that my test came back negative, but I will continue to be even more careful in the days ahead. Because if you believe in good science, and I do, we still have a mountain to climb together. No matter what you believe or how serious you think this problem is, please err on the side of safety and concern for those more vulnerable than you, and remember that having no symptoms doesn’t mean you’re not a carrier. Please stay hopeful, please stay humble, please stay home. Social distancing is an act of love for yourself, your family, and for every person on this planet. Sending all of you our love from Sydney, Australia.
Until then, stay tuned to ScreenGeek for updates regarding these projects that have been unfortunately put into delay or postponement due to the Coronavirus scare.