It isn’t just completed films that are now being delayed as Walt Disney Pictures and all of its associated studios have ceased production on all films.
Following a slew of film release dates being moved on Thursday such as Mulan, F9, A Quiet Place Part II, and more, now comes a stop of work on films still in production. The list includes the live-action The Little Mermaid, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, the Disney Plus Home Alone reboot, The Last Duel with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The list also includes films still in the pre-production phase such as Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk, the latest film in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids series.
“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time,” Disney said in a statement. “We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”
This announcement follows the news that main unit production was halted on Shang-Chi as director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolated as he was being tested for the virus.
There is no word as of yet as to how long these shutdowns will last, but using the theme park model one has to expect it will be through the end of March at minimum.