Paul Schrader blasts producers for shutting down movie due to coronavirus

Paul Schrader has blasted producers for shutting down filming on The Card Counter after an actor was diagnosed with coronavirus.The director, who wrote Martin Scorsese’s films Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, took to Facebook to complain about the situatio…

Paul Schrader has blasted producers for shutting down filming on The Card Counter after an actor was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The director, who wrote Martin Scorsese’s films Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, took to Facebook to complain about the situation, and revealed that production had been stopped five days before it was due to finish “because an LA day player had the coronavirus”.

“Myself, I would have shot through hellfire rain to complete the film. I’m old and asthmatic, what better way to die than on the job?” he wrote in a brief post on the social media site.

And when asked by one follower about the safety of the cast and crew on the set of the film in Biloxi, Mississippi, Schrader simply replied: “It’s a good death.”

The crime drama is being produced by LB Entertainment, in association with HanWay Films, and distributed by Front Row Filmed Entertainment.

In addition to directing, the 73-year-old wrote the script for The Card Counter, which stars Oscar Isaac as a professional gambler called William Tell, who takes a young man, played by Tye Sheridan, under his wing to help him get revenge against a mutual enemy on the casino circuit.

Willem Dafoe and Tiffany Haddish are also starring in the movie, and it’s understood that the actor who tested positive is not one of the main cast members.

Schrader’s film is not the only Hollywood production to be affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley movie was halted after its star Tom Hanks, as well as his wife Rita Wilson, contracted the virus, while filming on Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, was postponed as director Destin Daniel Cretton tested for it, although his results came back negative.

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Production on Marvel’s Shang-Chi suspended over coronavirus fears

Production on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been suspended as director Destin Daniel Cretton has isolated himself amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Just Mercy director was in the middle of filming the movie, starring …

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

The Just Mercy director was in the middle of filming the movie, starring Simu Liu as Marvel’s first superhero of Asian descent, in Australia when he decided to get tested for Covid-19 as a precaution. He has been advised to step away from the production and self-isolate while he awaits the results.

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

“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a newborn 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,” a note sent to the crew on set reads. “While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending first 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.”

Liu addressed the news on social media, telling his followers, “Grateful to work for a company that is proactive, cautious and empathetic during this difficult time. Everyone is in good spirits as we continue to work towards making an incredible film.”

The coronavirus, which has infected more than 135,000 people and resulted in over 4,900 deaths, has affected a number of film productions, such as Tom Hanks’s Elvis Presley biopic, which was also shooting in Australia. The production was shut down after Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.

On Thursday, production on Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas’s movie Official Competition was halted in Spain in accordance with new measures put in place by the Spanish authorities to curb the spread of the virus.

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Brie Larson in final talks to join Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy

Brie Larson is reportedly in final talks to join Michael B. Jordan in upcoming drama Just Mercy.The movie is based on lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s autobiographical 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which recounts the true story of hi…

Brie Larson is reportedly in final talks to join Michael B. Jordan in upcoming drama Just Mercy.

The movie is based on lawyer Bryan Stevenson’s autobiographical 2014 book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, which recounts the true story of his experience of fighting for equal justice in a flawed legal system. The work received critical acclaim and went on to win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction, as well as being ranked as the number one New York Times Bestseller.

Michael will be playing the gifted young lawyer, while Jamie Foxx has signed up to play Walter McMillian, an African-American pulpwood worker who was wrongly convicted of murder and facing death row, prompting a 28-year-old Stevenson to take on his case.

Though Brie’s role, which was confirmed by Variety, is so far unknown, her addition to the case will see her reunite with director Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed Short Term 12 in 2013, in which the Oscar-winning actress played a supervisor of a group home for troubled teenagers.

The filmmaker co-wrote the Just Mercy script with Andrew Lanham – who previously teamed up to write another of Brie’s films, The Glass Castle.

The Black Panther star will also be producing the feature alongside Gil Netter and Asher Goldstein, both of whom have also worked with Brie before.

Production is scheduled to begin next month (Sep18) in Atlanta, Georgia, and is being conceived by Warner Bros.

In the meantime, the Room star is preparing to make her debut as superhero Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel next year, followed by the fourth Avengers movie. Production wrapped on her standalone film early in July.

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