Studio delays are nothing new when it comes to production. Whether it’s the budget or time constraints, something always seems to keep your favorite shows moving further and further down the calendar. This year COVID-19 is yet another particularly troubling reason to halt filming, and the main reason tv shows aren’t coming soon to a screen near you. The pandemic guarantees no release window, but merely acts as a place holder should the virus happen to not show up for dress rehearsal.
AMC’s The Walking Dead, FX’s Fargo, as well as the first string of Marvel-related Disney+ Series have all been collectively slated to resume filming much later than anticipated. While the virus is very much a growing concern and a pain, speaking frankly, gone are the initial scares that plagued shows like NBC’s Blacklist from finishing a season; currently, shows are mainly being delayed due to any viral outbreak onset rather than purely based on exposure to the staffers.
The second season of The Witcher has now become one such case for the second time, the first being when actor Kristofer Hivju contracted covid earlier in the year. Netflix’s popular fantasy epic, based on the book and video game franchises respectively, has once again seen such a delay following a few members of the production staff testing positive for the virus. Neither the titular Witcher himself Henry Cavill nor fellow leads Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan are amongst the infected. Regardless, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich has responded via Twitter that everything is under control and the members that were infected are now being socially isolated as well as the team taking every necessary precaution to ensure that everyone remains healthy. Once two weeks have passed the show will resume development pending any unforeseen events following this one.
Geralt of Rivia is set to continue his monster-slaying adventures come 2021 as well as being companied by a prequel series subtitled The Witcher: Blood Origin should the virus not loiter around the makeup room.
After a lot of financial uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic, Bloomsbury, the London-based publishing house most known for publishing the Harry Potter books, reduced the salaries of its employees by 30% from April to June of this year.
Production on The Batman took a brief hiatus in lieu of Robert Pattinson testing positive for Covid-19 (which was the film’s second delay after it was halted in March due to the pandemic).
Originally scheduled to be released in June of 2021, the first delay pushed The Batman to debut that October. The film’s second delay in production has pushed it even further, now slated to hit theaters in March of 2022.
Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrel and and Zoë Kravitz were spotted filming the Matt Reeves blockbuster in Liverpool, England. Fans were granted a sneak peek of Kravitz as Catwoman, dressed in the character’s signature black leather garb. Colin Farrel was also seen as The Penguin, complete with prosthetic scar tissue and wrinkles. While a more grounded and realistic depiction of the supervillain (as opposed to Tim Burton’s Batman: Returns, where the character was so grotesquely mutated and deformed that he only had three fingers on each hand), the costume still portrays him in a way that respects the original source.
It’s unfortunately going to be some time before we finally see The Batman, but personally, I’m willing to wait. While I did enjoy Ben Affleck’s portrayal of the Caped Crusader, I’m anxious to see the character once again in a good movie (which has been over eight years now, mind you).
It was just released that English actor, Robert Pattinson has tested positive for the corona virus. Due to this heart-breaking diagnosis comes the renewed halting of ‘The Batman’ just after it’s first days back in production. The movie is still slated of a 2021 release.
As we all know, due to the global pandemic, ‘The Batman’ and all other television and movie productions were shut down for safety.
There is no comment from a representative or from him at this time. Let us all pray for him, his family and for a speedy recovery.