Amidst the spread of the COVID-19 virus, some of our most anticipated films are changing their release dates.
Hollywood has been on quarantine for 2 weeks and cameras have stopped rolling on some of the biggest movies we were anticipating. We knew release dates for Bond, Fast and Furious 9, and Lovebirds all shifted, now we see releases even further away changing thanks to time spent off set.
Movies live Matrix 4, The Batman, Mission Impossible 7, and Shang-Chi all have been pushed back thanks to the production shutdown.
The main hurdle besides the life-threatening virus? Los Angeles has a "no more than 10 people in the same place" policy right now that has forced everyone home.
With these postponements, the ripple effect will be felt all over.
Stars will have to shift the times and dates they'll work on other projects and even keep hairstyles and facial hair intact in case reshoots are needed.
Everyone's availability has changed as well.
People like Christ Pratt, The Rock, and Tom Cruise have to ask projects waiting for them to shoot to move back even further and finish the projects that have stopped shooting now.
And who knows when that will be.
Variety reports, "Development slates at the studios are also in flux. Most executives don’t expect things to get back to normal for several weeks, though a few are taking video and phone meetings as they try to game out films they hope to greenlight in the next 12 months. Director George Miller, for instance, has been meeting with names including Anya Taylor-Joy for his “Furiousa” spin-off, which he hopes to start shooting in 2021."
You can assume that many projects might be switching cast and members (and even directors) as schedules change in the coming months. It's possible that offers to certain talent pieces also change as everyone scrambles to get their stuff shot and bail studios out.
Only time will tell where these big releases land.