Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has stopped production due to coronavirus concerns. Director of the film, Destin Daniel Cretton has made the decision to self isolate himself with the advice of his doctor.
Even though the first-unit of production has been suspended, the second-unit will continue to work on the Asian super hero movie. The movie had been shooting in Australia since February.
Cretton, who wasn’t experiencing symptoms, has a newborn baby at home and decided to get tested for COVID-19. He is currently awaiting the test results.
Below is a note that was delivered to the movie crew:
As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a new born baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for Covid-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor. While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending 1st unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update.
This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.
Shang-Chi stars Simu Liu as martial arts master Shang-Chi. Awkwafina and Tony Leung also star. It has a Feb. 12, 2021 release date and it is unknown if that release date will be delayed.
The original Marvel Comics “Shang-Chi” follows Shang, a half-Chinese, half-American superhero created by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin. In the comics, Shang-Chi is a master of numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gun, nunchaku, and jian. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in 1973.