Marvel Studios has put a stop to the first-unit production of its upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings as its director Destin Daniel Cretton awaits the results of a coronavirus test.
The movie is presently being filmed in Australia, and while Cretton hasn’t shown any symptoms of having the dreaded COVID-19, he made the decision to get tested because of his newborn baby.
Cretton chose to go for self-isolation (a move that was welcomed and supported by the studio) while waiting for the results instead of continuing to work on the film.
A note sent to the film crew was obtained by THR, and it reads:
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. 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. 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.
Second-unit shooting on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will hopefully continue as scheduled, so it isn’t shutting down for now.
The movie stars Simu Liu as the eponymous character who is a martial arts teacher and has a release date of February 12, 2021.