'Shang-Chi' Director Self-Isolates While Waiting for Coronavirus Test Result, Production Suspended

Though Destin Daniel Cretton steps back from his duties amid the pandemic, second unit and other production elements will reportedly continue to go forward.

AceShowbiz - Production on Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" has been suspended as director Destin Daniel Cretton has self-isolated amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The movie, starring Simu Liu as Marvel's first Asian superhero, has been shooting in Australia, but on the advice of doctors Cretton has stepped back from his duties, halting production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is not shutting down entirely, and second unit and other production elements will continue to go forward.

A note sent to the crew on set reads, "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."

It finished, "This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone's understanding as we work through this."

Coronavirus, which has so far seen more than 134,000 cases registered worldwide, and over 4,900 deaths, has wreaked havoc in Hollywood, with production on Tom Hanks' Elvis Presley biopic, Disney's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" and Netflix's "Riverdale" halted due to the outbreak.

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