All Films, Concerts and More Put on Hold Over Coronavirus
The coronavirus outbreak has already had major implications on the well-being of humans, but as the U.S. and countries around the world advise people to self-quarantine and institute travel bans, it’s also having a major impact on Hollywood.
Several upcoming movies, including Mission: Impossible 7 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Red Notice, have paused production and sent cast and crews home from location. So far, films such as James Bond’s No Time to Die, Sonic the Hedgehog and Mulan have either postponed or canceled their China runs altogether. According to Business Insider, the outbreak could result in more than $1 billion of lost revenue for the film industry.
“There are so many moving parts and implications, not just for movie theaters but for public spaces in general,” Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told Business Insider on February 28. “The uncertainty is the one thing that is certain. At the end of the year, box-office numbers, particularly regarding China, are going to have an asterisk.”
The rapid spread of the virus has also resulted in the cancellation of music events and shut down production on several TV shows. Green Day and BTS are among the musical acts who have been forced to pushback tour dates in Asia. Talk shows, which initially filmed episodes without TV audiences, have since opted to shut down for weeks. The Amazing Race pumped the brakes on its shoot, while filming of Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette has also been paused.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is an outbreak that stems from the coronavirus family, but the version that’s currently making rounds is unlike anything that’s previously been encountered. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the illness spreads primarily from person-to-person. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
The illness originated in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019 and has rapidly made its way across Asia. It has since spread across the world, with Italy, South Korea and Iran among the hardest hit. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, with director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying the situation will worsen.
“We expect to see the number of cases, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher,” he said.
As of April 19, more than 2.3 million people have been infected worldwide and the death toll has risen to over 163,000. In the U.S. more than 747,000 people have tested positive for the virus, which has killed at least 39,435.
“Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern,” the CDC’s website reads. “The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning.”
Scroll down below to see a list of all the entertainment events that’s been impacted by the coronavirus.