Don’t Worry Darling production temporarily halted after positive Covid-19 test
New Line has temporarily shut down production on the Olivia-Wilde directed film Don’t Worry Darling after a member of the production tested positive for Covid-19. The studio confirmed it happened and shut down straight away.
The film stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, KiKi Layne, Gemma Chan and Nick Kroll with Wilde playing a supporting role. The film has a script by Carey and Shane Van Dyke that was rewritten by Wilde and her Booksmart partner Katie Silberman. The pic was shooting downtown Los Angeles when this happened today.
Production will halt for 14 days, the standard quarantine period recommended. When the test came in, everyone on set isolated immediately. The film began production last month, and they are a few weeks into production.
Don’t Worry Darling has been following strict protocols on set, and the positive test came in during routine testing. The studio has not said who tested positive, but it is understood not to be a member of the principle cast but someone who is in close enough proximity to shut down production immediately. At present, no one else has tested positive.
A shut down of a couple of weeks is sustainable for a movie backed by a big studio like New Line/Warner Bros. It would be different for an independently financed picture, where insurance companies are not writing policies for COVID shutdowns, making it difficult to get completion bonds.
It is understood production will resume as soon as quarantine ends.
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