Production on movies including 2021’s The Batman have been given permission to resume in the UK after new coronavirus safety rules were established by the UK government. These high-budget productions, including the new Fantastic Beasts movie could begin filming again as soon as July, with filmmakers and cinemas itching to restart this sector of the economy as movie revenue grinds to a halt during lockdown.
The new guidelines have been produced by the British Film Commission and the British Film Institute, and include rules on physical distancing and temperature tests.
“We’ve worked hard to support the industry through these difficult times and I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree this step forward towards getting the cameras rolling safely again.”Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary, on movie production
Since mid-March, production for large shows has been put on hold, with Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders the first to pause, followed soon after by The Little Mermaid and The Witcher.
The UK is one of the largest and most important producers of films in the world, with its large investment into productions and iconic landmarks featured in film. Last year alone, an impressive £3.6 billion was spent on film and TV production, much of it spurred on by the streaming wars-induced competition, to release new and improved programming to rival or supplement the online catalogues.
Cinemas in the UK like Vue and Cineworld are aiming to reopen in July, adhering to strict social distancing and staggered film times to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Unlike streaming services, which are obviously experiencing high spikes in demand as the population is stuck at home, cinemas and new movies are being held back, so the sooner they can re-open for these new films, the better.
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