Corona on the set in England: film and series productions have more and more problems

Corona on the set in England
Film and series productions have more and more problems

Behind the scenes of the first season of “Bridgerton”. During the shooting of the second season, there have now been two corona cases.

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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 that cinemas were closed for a long time and many starts were postponed, but also the shooting for a wide variety of productions has been 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 recent weeks. And now the Corona restrictions were lifted in England on July 19th today.

Game of Thrones prequel paused

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, was affected. After a positive test by a crew member, work paused, but started again shortly afterwards. After another corona case, the shoot should be however according to “Deadline” currently be hired indefinitely. Although it is also unclear who exactly is affected, since it could obviously be a longer break, one of the actors could possibly be ill.

July 18th “Deadline” also reportedthat part of the Netflix version “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 should be out for up to ten days.

Truce in the “Star Wars”

A “Star Wars” production also apparently had to struggle with the pandemic recently. The British “The Sun” reported at the beginning of Julythat 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 reportedthat 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 Februarythat the filming 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.