The Coronavirus has reached the National Emergency declaration level, having a wide impact across the country and world. Along with leading to greater distancing and isolation of people, the virus has also left a notable impact on the film industry. Several 2020 tentpoles like Mulan, Fast and Furious 9, A Quiet Place 2, and No Time to Die have either moved back several months or have an undetermined release date, while many current productions have had to halt their progress. This includes many of Netflix’s incoming endeavors, including their most popular production Stranger Things.
According to a Deadline report, Netflix has halted production on all programming for at least two weeks starting on March 16th, including Season Four of Stranger Things. Netflix also added that shows filmed outside of the US like The Witcher will be addressed on a case-by-case basis going forward.
Many view the Coronavirus having the most impact on film/TV in the immediate future, but the virus will likely create a clog in the production process. Almost every major production is halting their current work, which will likely lead to several projects that were projected to release late 2020/early 2021 to also get further delays. Considering Stranger Things just began production on its fourth season, its a mystery as to whether it will hit its Summer 2021 window.
Hollywood is essentially pushing pause on itself, ensuring the safety of all who are working. This may upset some, but its the most sensible thing that can happen in order to keep people safe. I would not be shocked if theaters began to start shutting their doors with various projects getting delayed, with large event settings like that being potentially threatening due to the vast amount of people. Everyone should remember to keep their space from others while consistently washing your hands.
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