Film sets around the world were closed when the coronavirus the epidemic worsened in March.
Cinemas also had to close, which means that some major releases were already completed – including the final release of Daniel Craig as James Bond – are still waiting to see the light of day.
But in New Zealand, work has started again on James Cameron’s Avatar 2, which would be the first big blockbuster to return to production.
The Oscar-winning director and dozens of his crew arrived in the country earlier this month and resumed following the 2009 hit at Stone Street Studios in Wellington.
Earlier this week, film producer Jon Landau shared a photo of the ensemble, which showed the team wearing face masks and visors.
“I used my iPhone to take a picture of our first snapshot in production on the Avatar suites,” he wrote.
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In the UK, Pinewood Studios confirmed to Sky News that Jurassic World: Dominion will resume filming soon.
Earlier this week, Deadline announced that the latest installment in the long dinosaur franchise will be the first major film to restart production here.
The film was stopped a month after shooting 20 weeks when the lockdown started in March.
Universal has confirmed that filming will resume from the second week of July, but it’s unclear if that will include scenes with stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Currently, anyone flying in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days.
The Batmanwith Robert Pattinson and Disney remake of The Little Mermaid with Halle Bailey also debuted in the UK before the pandemic, but it is unclear when they will resume.
In Australia, the Queensland premiere said she met director Baz Luhrmann about resuming filming for her next film on Elvis, which will star Tom Hanks.
Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among the first high profile characters to be diagnosed with COVID-19 while in pre-production for the still unknown film.
They were quarantined at the hospital before returning home to Los Angeles after they recovered.
The rest of the cast and crew stayed in Australia and Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, said she was working with Luhrman to roll the cameras again at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
She said, “We want to make sure that it can happen as soon as possible while ensuring that the actors and the team can operate safely.
“Screen Queensland and Queensland Health are also developing a COVID security plan for the screen industry to be released shortly, paving the way for the entire industry to get rolling cameras and the team back to work again.” on the sets. “
Paramount has already announced that it hopes to start shooting the next Mission: Impossible film – slated for release in 2021 – in Italy in September.
Work has not yet started in Hollywood itself, as unions have yet to approve safety protocols on how film sets should operate while the virus remains a threat.
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“For major film productions and a handful of quality television shows, this pandemic was like calming an elephant,” a film studio manager told Variety on condition of anonymity.
“We are not going to be able to get up right away. ”
Back in the UK, cinemas hope to reopen in July with additional security measures in accordance with government guidelines.