Marvel's Shang-Chi Pauses Production After Director Self-Isolates Due To Coronavirus
Filming on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been suspended.
The upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the latest film to be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It has been reported that production has been suspended while director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolates himself.
According to Deadline, although Cretton has not shown any symptoms of the virus, he has taken the COVID-19 test because he has a newborn baby. On doctor's advice, he is self-isolating while he awaits results of the test. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been shooting in Australia since last month, ahead of its February 2021 release.
Deadline printed the note about the production suspension that was sent to the movie's crew. It reads, "As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a new born baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for COVID-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor. While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending 1st unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update."
The movie features Simu Lu as Shang-Chi and veteran Chinese star Tony Leung as the villainous Mandarin. Awkwafina will appear in a so-far unknown role and movie releases on February 21, 2021.
Shang-Chi's production delay follows Disney's decision to postpone the release of three of its upcoming movies--Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers. The studio has not announced new release dates for these. No announcement has been made so far about the Marvel movie Black Widow, which currently releases in May.
Other big films to be delayed because of the coronavirus include Fast 9, which now arrives in April 2021, and the horror sequel A Quiet Place: Part 2. In the video game world, this month's Game Developers Conference was postponed, while E3 2020 has been canceled entirely.