Multiple Marvel Studios films may not kick up production again until 2021, according to Jason Blum, the founder of the Blumhouse production company.
What’s the news:
- Blum told The Los Angeles Times that Hollywood studios remain cautious about allowing production until there’s widespread testing available for COVID-19 .
- Blum said 2021 may be when a lot of major films kick up production again.
- Blum said: “I do think smaller productions will start sooner, but I don’t think we’re going to see Marvel movies shooting, or big expensive movies, until 2021. The real answer to your question is that it’s all about when testing will be in this country as good it is in other places, which it isn’t yet.”
- Actor Simu Liu, who will make his acting debut in “Shang-Chi,” said Hollywood should remain cautious.
- Liu said: “As badly as I want to get back to work and start making things again, I think our collective priority should be supporting our essential workers until either a vaccine is created or this disease is brought under control. Neither of those things have happened, so I’m focused on staying home, keeping busy and giving what I can to ensure that people working on the front lines have the protective equipment they need.”
- Roy Lee, a producer on “The Lego Batman Movie,” said studios will need to develop procedures to make sure everyone stage — cast and crew alike — will be safe, according to The Los Angeles Times.
What movies stopped production?
- Some major films that halted production due to the COVID-19 outbreak include “The Batman,” “Jurassic World: Dominion” and Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and an untitled “Spider-Man 3” film, according to ComicBook.com.
- “Thor: Love and Thunder” and “Doctor Strange 2” have also stopped production amid the coronavirus pandemic.