'The Little Mermaid' Among Productions Suspended Due To Coronavirus Precautions

March 13 2020

Disney's live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey is among the productions Disney is temporarily suspending due to the coronavirus. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was nine days away from its shoot date in London.

In a statement, Disney stated that while no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been announced on any of Disney's 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." Disney also added that the company "will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible."

Another Disney blockbuster being affected by the coronavirus include Marvel's Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings after director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolated as he waits for results from a COVID-19 test in Australia. Disney has also delayed the theatrical releases of New Mutants and Mulan, as well as Antlers.

Other properties being suspended include Peter Pan & Wendy, the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids sequel Shrunk, Home Alone, The Last Duel and Nightmare Alley.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Disney TV Studios have also suspended productions on 16 pilots, and Warner Bros. Television Group suspends production on over 70 series and pilots. Apple's television projects The Morning Show and Foundation have also been suspended. ABC's Grey's Anatomy has postponed working on the rest of its 16th season, and Netflix has also suspended work on Grace and Frankie.

CBS, Paramount TV Studios, Showtime, and NBCUniversal have also suspended work on their television projects as well, while CBS' The Neighborhood will film its final episode of the season without an audience.

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Photo: Getty/Disney

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by Monique Jones on March 13 2020

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