Update: ‘Shang-Chi’ director tests negative for COVID-19

By Stephen Ippolito | March 13, 2020

The effects of the Coronavirus continue to be felt. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has temporarily halted 1st unit production after director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolates himself under the recommendation of a doctor.

In a note to the film’s crew, Disney and Marvel say that Cretton wanted to get tested because he has a new baby and wanted to make sure he has not contracted the virus. Filming for the upcoming Phase Four film had been ongoing in Australia for the last couple of weeks. Disney says that production will not shut down and that filming for the 2nd unit will continue.

 With a release date of Feb. 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is poised to be Hollywood’s first major film starring an Asian superhero. Actor Simu Liu will play the title role of Shang-Chi and Tony Leung will play the Mandarin, the film’s villain. It will also star Awkwafina.

Below you can read the studio’s letter to the crew:

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

Update at 1:40pm on 3/13/20:

The Hollywood Reporter is now saying the entire production has been shut down. Disney has also shut down multiple live-action films in filming or preproduction. This includes Home AloneThe Last DuelNightmare Alley and Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk.

Disney released the following statement:

“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”

Update on 3/17/20 at 1:40pm;

Good news, Destin Daniel Cretton announces on Instagram that he has tested negative for the Coronavirus:

“I am happy to say that my test came back negative, but I will continue to be even more careful in the days ahead. Because if you believe in good science, and I do, we still have a mountain to climb together. No matter what you believe or how serious you think this problem is, please err on the side of safety and concern for those more vulnerable than you, and remember that having no symptoms doesn’t mean you’re not a carrier.”

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