With the world fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus, Hollywood has also been seriously affected. A string of films and television productions are shutting down, while several of this year's most anticipated blockbusters have commuted their long-held release dates.
Some industry insiders describe it as the "darkest time" for the global film industry, but there are also optimistic voices amid this unprecedented crisis. Let's take a retrospective look at the headline news from the past week and see what insiders are predicting for the future of the film industry, which have probably become an integral part of all cinephiles' lives.
As one of the most familiar Hollywood stars to Chinese audience, Tom Hanks, the two-time Academy Award winner, announced that he and his wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 11. The couple were in Australia doing production on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, in which Hanks was to play Presley's manager Dutch-born Colonel Tom Parker.
Hanks wrote on his Twitter that he and Wilson "want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have COVID-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else," reported Yahoo. Hanks ended the post with a line borrowed from his 1992 comedy sports film A League of Their Own, writing, "Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball."
Wilson also kept it light, saying on Twitter that the only Corona she wants from now on is the beer from Mexico. Besides, she asked fans to send her "song ideas" for her quarantine playlist, and named it as "quarantunes".
The novel coronavirus pneumonia spread overseas has also made some of the year's biggest blockbusters to postpone the scheduled releases, or suspend production. No Time to Die, Daniel Craig's final outing as 007, was the first major Hollywood movie to delay release. The delay was announced March 4, and a week later, after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic,other blockbusters began to follow suit.