As Australia and New Zealand rush to contain the Coronavirus spread various tv shows have now halted pre and post-production. Amazon's billion-dollar project on their upcoming Lord of the Rings show has paused production in New Zealand for two weeks.
The New Zealand Herald published a report on the same. The report reads, "In an abundance of caution, UAP [Untitled Amazon Project] has suspended production for the next two (2) weeks commencing Monday, March 16”.
"This is done in an environment where travel restrictions directed at the control of Covid-19 are issued daily by New Zealand and most other countries."
It is still unknown when the show will resume production. The filmmakers themselves reported on the halt in production. An official statement reads, "minimize stress on the resources and infrastructures around us by doing our part to reduce population density in our communities and daily activities, in efforts to help reduce the spread of the virus."
Other production houses have also halted production for upcoming projects. Disney announced that it will be pausing shoots for The Little Mermaid and Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Sony has also rescheduled pre-production on action-comedy The Man from Toronto Saturday. Earlier today Netflix announced that they are halting Red Notice under further information. Red Notice is the latest large scale film to pause production. The film stars Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock.
The early schedule for Amazon's Lord of the Rings shows projected that the show will be releasing sometime in 2021. However now amid the Coronavirus scare, no one is certain about the projected schedule.