The Walt Disney Company has confirmed that every production that was delayed by Covid has either resumed work or completely finished filming.
Disney has confirmed that all its movies that were previously shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic have either restarted or completed filming. It’s a huge achievement at a time when so many studios have found their production slates on shaky ground.
When the pandemic ground so many productions to a halt this past March, Disney had no fewer than 10 titles on its roster. Of the films on that list, only Mulan has had its release, but many of the other productions are eagerly anticipated by fans. And while the shutting down of film productions has cost substantial amounts of money, time and headaches, some filmmakers have actually found an advantage in navigating Covid's numerous issues. There’s no doubt that people’s perspectives have changed all over the world as a result of lockdowns and quarantining in this strange and often frightening time. However, the fact that this also can apply to film productions was not something that many people outside the film industry have considered. Thankfully, for the sake of entertainment, filmmaking has managed to evolve throughout the pandemic – though the battle is still far from over.
With sporadic news arriving about one production or another managing to complete its shooting schedule as of late, it might come as a very big (and pleasant) surprise to some that Disney has officially managed to complete or resume filming on every production that was originally shut down at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The news arrived courtesy of The Walt Disney Company’s CEO, Bob Chapek, during the annual earnings report. What’s more, animated features weren’t affected at all by the pandemic, as work continued without the sort of delays or pauses that live-action productions have faced.
Some of the titles that Disney has been working on so far this year include reboots of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Home Alone, as well as a live-action remake of Peter Pan called Peter Pan & Wendy. These will likely find a welcoming home on Disney’s highly lucrative streaming platform, Disney+. Previous reports have stated that Disney’s main focus is now on building up their streaming capabilities, which is great news for subscribers, but potentially disastrous news for cinemas. However, with no end or slowing of the Covid pandemic currently in sight, Disney may just be taking the right strides to keep it well ahead of its competitors at time when options for the film industry are increasingly limited.
It’s also important to consider that although Disney has been able to announce that all its delayed titles have resumed production, this doesn’t guarantee they will finish on time. As anyone who’s been paying attention throughout this past year can attest to, things can and do change suddenly. There’s no doubt that this latest announcement from Disney is good news, but exactly where it leads to remains to be seen.