Much of the talk surrounding COVID-19‘s effect on the entertainment industry has centered around film delays and release date shuffles. While many of 2020’s biggest releases are struggling to hit their release dates, future projects currently in production have ceased principal photography. Film’s such as Matt Reeves‘ highly anticipated “The Batman,” Baz Luhrmann‘s Elvis Presley biopic, Sony‘s plagued “Uncharted” movie, Marvel‘s “Shang-Chi” and many others are currently on a coronavirus hiatus. While there’s no timetable as to when these projects will begin shooting again, there is a small light emerging at the end of the tunnel.
According to Variety, after being on lockdown for months, many film and tv productions in China have begun starting back up again. Some Chinese theaters briefly attempted to reopen before closing again, and while one would expect the same to happen to these productions, that is currently not the case. Not all productions across the country are fully operating yet; however, this is a promising first step.
“We’ve been shooting our TV series ‘Game Changer‘ since the beginning of March. We’ve completed all the interiors and now have only one week outside to do,” said Hishow Entertainment‘s Wang Haiyi. “We spent six weeks of lockdown in three hotels, with all the cast and crew, including star Huang Xiaoming. Nobody moved. But we were lucky to be near Chengdu, which was not the worst part of the country affected by the virus, so we have been able to restart.”
Some of the more prominent projects to restart are “Legend of Fei,” starring Zhao Liying, and Wang Yibo and Zhang Yimou‘s spy film “Impasse.” Even staff at many Beijing-based entertainment companies such as Huayi Brothers and Legendary Entertainment have returned to the office, albeit under strict regulations.
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage across Europe, the U.K., and the U.S., seeing the former epicenter of this global catastrophe return to some sense of normalcy is promising. It provides some much-needed optimism to an industry severely affected.