As expected, Potterverse sequel Fantastic Beasts 3 won’t begin shooting this week according to Deadline.
Fantastic Beasts 3 was set to shoot at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in Watford, England and Brazil, however, it’s unknown when it will start-up. This comes after Warner Bros. announced they’d be halting the UK shoot of The Batman for two-weeks.
Streaming series shooting outside of the United Kingdom and the United States will also be paused.
The latest series to be placed on pause includes Amazon’s Lord of The Rings series which had been planning on filming Auckland, New Zealand and Hulu’s popular dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale which had been filming in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Here is a statement from Amazon circulated in a memo to crew members via Deadline.
“In an abundance of caution, UAP [Untitled Amazon Project] has suspended production for the next two (2) weeks commencing Monday, March 16. This is done in an environment where travel restrictions directed at the control of Covid-19 are issued daily by New Zealand and most other countries.”
“We are doing this to minimise stress on the resources and infrastructures around us by doing our part to reduce population density in our communities and daily activities, in efforts to help reduce the spread of the virus.”
Other film projects affected include Will Smith’s sports drama King Richard, Sly Stallone’s superhero flick Samaritan, and Netflix action flick Red Notice starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds.
All three had already started production.
This could be a sign that productions across the world will now be effected and with the new recommendations from the CDC, cancelling events with crowds larger than 50 people for the next 8 weeks might see most of these “two-week” pauses stateside extended for two months.
We’re likely going to hear about other upcoming productions seeing their production starts either pulled entirely or delayed for multiple months.