Disney shuts down work on Little Mermaid and more over coronavirus

Justin Harp
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From Digital Spy

Disney has temporarily shut down production on The Little Mermaid and several other of its films over concerns about the global coronavirus pandemic.

The studio announced on Friday that it was taking the decision to halt all of its live-action productions out of an abundance of caution for those working on the projects. As of yet, there are no firm dates for work to resume.

"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," a Disney statement read.

"We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible."

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Pre-production work on The Little Mermaid was previously underway, with filming set to begin in London with cast members Halle Bailey, Javier Bardem, Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina in ten days, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Other Disney movies impacted by the work stoppage include its Home Alone and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids reboots, Peter Pan & Wendy, Ben Affleck's medieval drama The Last Duel and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley.

Marvel's Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings was previously stopped on Friday when its director Destin Daniel Cretton went into self-isolation while awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test.

Disney is also making huge changes to its release schedule, having postponed the release dates of Mulan and X-Men spin-off The New Mutants indefinitely as well in response to the pandemic.

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