Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman’s Netflix movie The Prom becomes latest movie to shut down production as Hollywood reacts to coronavirus
- The Quiet Place II, James Bond flick No Time To Die, and Fast And The Furious sequel F9 are among other releases pushed back
- Production halted on number of television projects
- Broadway has gone dark, with immediate month-long shutdown
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As Hollywood rushes to take precautions against the coronavirus pandemic, Netflix movie The Prom has become the latest casualty.
Ryan Murphy’s Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman-starring film has been postponed ‘out of an abundance of caution’, sources tell Deadline.
It is just the latest movie to have it’s release pushed back, along with The Quiet Place II, James Bond flick No Time To Die, and Fast And The Furious sequel F9.
Although the movie was scheduled to wrap up in the next few days, an on-location shoot was planned at a local school, which has now been closed due to the coronavirus fears.
Delayed: Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman are seen on set for The Prom earlier this month; the film has now postponed production
Production is expected to resume in mid April, which could delay FX’s American Crime Story, which Murphy was next scheduled to work on.
Earlier in the day it was announced that the release of Fast & Furious sequel F9 had been pushed back.
The Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez film was due to hit screens in May 2020, but has now been delayed to April 3 2021, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
The Fast and Furious movies are always big earners at the domestic and international box office and the absence of F9 will impact the 2020 box office in a major way. The past two films have made over $1 billion.
Delay: Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious sequel F9 release pushed back a year as Hollywood rushes to respond to coronavirus pandemic
Release cancelled: Vin Diesel and Nathalie Emmanuel are seen in a still from the movie
Director John Krasinski and Paramount also announced they are delaying the release of a A Quiet Place Part II because of the pandemic.
Numerous other movies have shifted their release dates or halted production after the outbreak was officially classified as a pandemic.
Also on Thursday, The Broadway League called an emergency meeting and shut down all Broadway productions for four to six weeks.
The cost of the shutdown is estimated at more than $100million.
Postponed: Paramount postponed Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds on Thursday morning, not giving a new release date
Meanwhile Paramount postponed Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds on Thursday, not giving a new release date, Variety reported. It had been scheduled for an April 3 release.
Last week MGM pushed the latest James Bond No Time To Die from April to November.
TV shows are also affected. It was revealed Thursday morning that Apple’s The Morning Show has gone on a two-week hiatus, with the Jennifer Aniston starring series following Fox’s NeXt, and the CW’s Riverdale.
Other shows delayed include the second season of Netflix’s Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne, Season 2 of AppleTV+’s anthology Little America and Season 1 of the Ed Helms-led Rutherford Falls for Peacock
The Walt Disney Co. in particular has so far stayed the course with its releases. Mulan is still set to open in theaters on March 27 and Marvel’s Black Widow is planned for April 24.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.