Robert tests positive for COVID-19
As per media reports, British actor Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, thus halting production of 'The Batman' and highlighting the industry's struggles to get back to business after months of a pandemic-induced shutdown.
Movie studio 'Warner Bros.' said in a statement that "a member of The Batman production" in Britain had tested positive for the Coronavirus, but did not give a name.
"Filming is temporarily paused," the studio's statement added, but did not say for how long.
'Variety', the 'Hollywood Reporter' and 'Vanity Fair' all cited sources by saying that the person who tested positive was Pattinson, the film's lead star.
'Warner Bros.' and Pattinson's representatives did not return calls seeking comment. It was not clear to what extent the 34-year old actor, who is best known for his breakout role in the vampire movie series 'Twilight', was suffering the symptoms of the virus.
Filming of 'The Batman' had resumed north of London only a few days ago after being shut down in mid-March, along with dozens of other movies and TV shows around the world due to the novel Coronavirus. The movie, in which Robert stars as the comic book hero, has about three months of material left to shoot, according to Hollywood trade outlets. Its release was pushed back earlier this year from June 2021 to October 2021.
Movie and TV production has been slow to get going again in the United States under complex safety procedures that include testing, quarantine and social distancing on sets that employ dozens of crew members, makeup artists, actors, extras and other production staff. Some productions, including Universal Pictures' 'Jurassic World: Dominion', have restarted in London or in Eastern Europe, while the cast of the 'Avatar' sequel is back at work in New Zealand, where the virus has been kept in check.
Tom Cruise in July got permission to shoot parts of the next 'Mission Impossible' thriller in Norway without having to follow quarantine requirements. However, 'Variety' reported that the production hired two cruise ships to house the crew to keep them apart from locals.