In the past few weeks, there have been more corona cases on the set in film and series productions in Great Britain.
The corona pandemic has permanently changed the film and series industry worldwide. Not only were cinemas closed for a long time and many launches postponed, but also the shooting of a wide variety of productions was made more difficult by the crisis.
In many places there are extensive safety precautions on the sets, but actors or team members are repeatedly tested positive for the corona virus as part of the work. This often means that the shoots can only be continued to a limited extent or even have to pause completely. Especially in Great Britain, there has been an increasing number of corona cases on the sets in the past few weeks. And now the Corona restrictions were lifted in England on July 19th today.
‘Game of Thrones’-Prequel pausiert
Currently, for example, the shooting of the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ has to pause, as reported by the industry website ‘Deadline’ . Accordingly, the cameras have been idle for a few days and will remain off until Tuesday. From July 21st, filming will start again. Either an actor or a member of the crew had therefore tested positive. The person affected and all production members who have been in close contact with the person should be in quarantine.
Shortly before it had become known that the Netflix hit ‘Bridgerton’, which is also filmed in England, is affected. After a positive test by a crew member, work paused, but started again shortly afterwards. After another corona case, the shoot should be but according to ‘Deadline’ currently be hired indefinitely. Even here it is unclear who exactly is affected, but since it could apparently be a longer break, one of the actors could possibly be ill.
July 18th ‘Deadline’ also reported that part of the Netflix adaptation ‘Matilda’ produced in Great Britain is currently suspended due to a corona case. The production is therefore divided into two units. While one is currently able to continue working on the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s (1916-1990) children’s novel with Emma Thompson (62) and Lashana Lynch (33), the other is said to be absent for up to ten days.
Truce in the ‘Star Wars’
A ‘Star Wars’ production also apparently had to struggle with the pandemic recently. At the beginning of July, the British ‘The Sun’ reported that two crew members on the set of ‘Andor’ are said to have tested positive for the virus. Others are said to have complained about symptoms. 24 employees on the series with Diego Luna (41) planned for the streaming service Disney + for 2022 had to go into self-isolation.
End of June the tabloid reported that the shooting of the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ with Tom Cruise (59) had to stop again. A positive test in the team had therefore led to this forced break, as it had done about three weeks earlier. Only at the beginning of June did the production in a statement which was available to the industry magazine ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ , explains that there was a corona case and that it will be paused for 14 days.
Previously, there had been numerous other corona cases on a wide variety of sets. ‘Metro’ reported around February that the shooting for ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ has been stopped for the time being. Also in February had to according to ‘The Sun’ pause work on ‘The Batman’ with Robert Pattinson (35) again.
The theater remains closed
Last but not least, large theater productions are also affected. A revival of ‘The Browning Version’ by Kenneth Branagh (60) will no longer be seen because, according to a statement, there was recently an increased absence due to Covid. Some members of the production would have missed more than two thirds of the limited time for rehearsals.
Last weekend, Andrew Lloyd Webbers (73) also had two performances of ‘Cinderella’ at the Gillian Lynne Theater in London for safety reasons cannot take place in connection with Corona.