Marvel, and its parent company Disney, have temporarily halted the first-unit production of the upcoming movie “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” in Australia due to 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
“Shang-Chi” director Destin Daniel Cretton was put in self-isolation under the recommendation of his doctor after getting tested for COVID-19, according to The Hollywood Reporter
“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,” the letter to the crew obtained by THR reads.
Although the first-unit was put on halt, the second-unit and other production aspects of “Shang-Chi” will continue.
“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,” the letter continued. “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.”
As of the time of writing, more than 140,000 have been infected by the virus and the death count has reached over 5,000, according to Worldometers
. Meanwhile, nearly 80,000 people have recovered from the virus.