The 2021 movies finally restarting production after COVID-19
2020 has been a wild year no matter who you are or where you live, and this includes the world of film and television. In March productions around the world had no option but to shut down and wait out the pandemic alongside restaurants, office jobs, airlines, and, well, pretty much everyone else.
This has caused a massive reshuffling in expected movie premiere dates, show seasons to end earlier, and a number of hesitant questions to be asked in regard to whether or not fall start dates could be met. A lot of things are still up in the air, but answers are slowly starting to form – especially in England. England is a popular production place not just for the UK, but for a number of US films too.
The UK has recently approved new guidelines which will allow for movies and high-end television productions to begin filming again as soon as sometime in July. (High-end television is being considered shows with a budget of one million euros per episode or more.) This news is timely and directors are likely very grateful since most film productions in the UK have to film in the summer months, since England is a rather rainy country in general.
The most notable movies which should be starting up as soon as possible include The Batman which will be starring Robert Pattinson, Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey, and the next installment of Fantastic Beasts. However, they will all be following new safety rules. We have no idea if this will change the movies in any way, but we can’t help but picture the SNL skit where kissing scenes require plastic wrap between actors’ faces.
Netflix’s series The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill as the white haired Geralt of Rivia, also had to abandon production after barely beginning the process of filming season two a couple weeks before the pandemic broke out. Odds are this wildly popular fantasy series will be back at it as soon as possible too.
The UK has also been sweating over running out of new episodes for popular soap operas, while there was a back stock, they’ve been rationing episodes of Coronation Street, EastEnders, and Emmerdale.
Top Gear, another rabidly popular British show will likely be resuming their production schedule as soon as they can too as should another Netflix series Peaky Blinders.
We hope these productions aren’t getting back on their feet too soon, and that everyone will remain safe under the new health guidelines. We’re really only left with one question: when will Hollywood resume their production schedules?