Hollywood 2020: Disney Shuts Down Production on All Movies

Disney has announced that production and pre-production on “The Last Duel,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Home Alone,” “Nightmare Alley,” “Peter Pan & Wendy” and “Shrunk” have shut down.

A statement from the studio said, “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.

The Little Mermaid was set to start shooting in London next week.

The Last Duel

Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel had been shooting in Ireland since February but due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions in Europe, execs felt it was the best move for the safety of all involved to delay the shoot indefinitely.

The film stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck with Scott directing. The script is by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Nicole Holofcener. Jennifer Fox is producing alongside Scott, Kevin Walsh and Nicole Holofcener. Damon and Affleck will executive produce with Drew Vinton and Kevin Halloran.

Nightmare Alley, which starred Bradley Cooper with Guillermo del Toro co-writing and directing, had yet to be dated; it is unknown how many weeks into production they were.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” had already suspended first unit after director Destin Cretton self-isolated to go through testing for COVID-19. Cretton just had a baby and was doing it as a precaution. Disney decided to pause the remainder of the production as well.

“Peter Pan and Wendy” and “Shrunk” were in pre-production and meeting with actors for remaining parts, and it was advised to put those on hiatus as well before the productions got closer to start dates.