First unit production on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been suspended temporarily.
Like many others as of late, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has temporarily shut down production due to concerns over the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Several major studios including Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and Walt Disney have shut down productions of their respective films and TV shows, and now first unit production of Shang-Chi has been suspended temporarily due to COVID-19 precautions.
Destin Daniel Cretton, the director of Shang-Chi, had been advised by a local doctor while filming in Australia to self-isolate. A note from the film’s crew was stated as follows:
“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 recommendations 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.”
Shang-Chi didn’t completely shut down as insiders close to THR confirmed other aspects of the production including the second unit will proceed as normal.
Thankfully, it has now been revealed that Cretton, who has a newborn child, test negative for COVID-19 . Fans may have to wait later to find out whether or not first unit production of the movie will go forward or the entire project will shut down indefinitely until further notice.
Other productions from Disney such as Mulan and The Little Mermaid have been either delayed or shutdown respectively. Not to mention some of the MCU shows that is set to drop on Disney Plus such as Loki and WandaVision have also suspended production. On top of that, Warner Bros. has suspended production on all of its comic book shows.
The film’s star Simu Liu responded to the news via a post on Instagram. He will join Tony Leung who is set to portray the Mandarin (presumably his father) and Awkwafina in an undisclosed role. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings marks the 26th entry into the MCU is set for release on February 12, 2021.
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