Coronavirus impact: Disney halts production on 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Last Duel', other films

The move was just a precaution and no one has been effected on any sets by the coronavirus, the studio said in a statement to Variety.

Published: 14th March 2020 03:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2020 03:54 PM   |  A+A-

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LOS ANGELES: Disney Studio has suspended production on its live-action movies -- "The Little Mermaid", "Home Alone", "The Last Duel", "Nightmare Alley", and "Peter Pan & Wendy" and "Shrunk" -- amid coronavirus outbreak.

The move was just a precaution and no one has been effected on any sets by the coronavirus, the studio said in a statement to Variety.

"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.

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

Production of the Marvel Studios project "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" had already come to a halt in Australia due to fears of the COVID-19 virus spread.

Disney also closed Disneyland and California Adventure beginning Saturday.

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Disney World in Orlando will not be open for visitors next week.

The studio also postponed the March 27 release of its much-anticipated "Mulan" live-action remake.

The novel coronavirus originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year and has killed over 5,000 people and infected more than 134,000 globally.

China remains the worst-hit with 3,189 deaths and 80,824 confirmed cases of infection.

The WHO described the outbreak as a pandemic on Wednesday.


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