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Marvel’s Shang-Chi Halts Production As Director Is Tested For COVID-19

By Chen Shun  /  14 Mar 2020 (Saturday)

Just yesterday, concerns surrounding the coronavirus have affected the entire entertainment industry. Basically every huge film that was scheduled to release in the next two months has pushed back. Now the virus is impacting films that are in production too. One specific movie is Marvel’s highly anticipated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The movie has temporarily ceased production as cast and crew await the results of the film’s director virus testing. Shang-Chi’s crew also put out a statement quoting:

“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a newborn 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.

This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.”

It has been noted that the director Destin Daniel Cretton is currently in self-isolation upon the advice of his doctor. Even Cretton did not exhibit any symptoms, he decided to take extra precautionary measures in order to protect his newborn baby at home. 

It is expected that filming will resume if the director is tested negative. Things will take a turn for the worse if the director is tested positive as the entire cast and crew that worked with him in the past week will have to be tested for the virus and be placed under self-isolated. This will severely affect the production schedule and the release of the film will likely be delayed.
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