Warner Bros. Studios Struck By Rise In COVID Cases
The increase in daily COVID cases reported in Los Angeles is alarming, which seems to have hit Warner Bros. Studios hard. COVID-19 struck the film industry delaying production times and forcing cinemas to close. In 2022, after the pandemic, people returned to the theaters, improving the box-office results of many movies.
The problem is that COVID has not disappeared completely. In fact, it is resurfacing, causing issues in many studios Warner Bros. That could affect the release date of several of its films, such as Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Blue Beetle.
Warner Bros. Studios Struck by COVID
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Studios are reporting a considerable contagion rate, which has them on alert. It has increased drastically and puts many upcoming projects at risk. At the beginning of the year, Warner Studios reported 2 to 5 COVID-19 cases in the studio. That number did not impact productions that much. Subsequently, they would reach 5 cases reported for May. However, this month they have reported 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in several of their studies.
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These cases are divided into several buildings: building 128 has five people infected with the virus. The same is true for the 27th and 29th stages of the facility, where Warner is filming. That has created a real headache for the studio, considering the large number of pending productions and the short time they have to release them.
Warner has already delayed its DC productions several times due to the pandemic. For example, Aquaman 2 was postponed due to Jason Momoa suffering an infection. The rise in COVID cases could significantly affect other productions in filming and Post Production. It could be the case of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Blue Beetle. Warner will need to take sanitary measures to reduce the number of infected people and avoid spreading the virus while filming their movies.
COVID Cases on the Rise in LA
Warner Bros. Studios’ situation is not isolated, as the infection rates are high throughout the Los Angeles area. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospital admissions are at a “medium” level. However, it is considerably close to being at a “high” level.
Currently, the infection rate in this locality is 8.4 per 100,000 population in this county. Unfortunately, the number of infections continues to grow, which could cause it to reach a rate of 10 per 100,000 population. That would imply the level of contagion would be “high”, which would be an absolute catastrophe.
A member of the control center named Barbara Ferrer stated that the infections are primarily of the BA.4 and BA.5 variants. These are more contagious than the original version of the virus, and their high spread has caused the infection rate to double from one week to the next.
Ferrer stated about the high rate of contagion and its causes:
“We all now face a higher risk of getting COVID because there are more people infected with the virus who can transmit to others when we gather, go shopping or attend events, essential workers, especially those that work directly with the public, also now have more exposures to the virus during their workday.”
Infections continue to rise due to these causes, with 6,416 cases as of Friday. For Ferrer and other members of the control center, these figures are low compared to the real ones, considering that many people get tested at home, do treatments, and never report the case.
Warner Bros. Studios has had terrible luck with its productions because of COVID delays, as has been the case with Aquaman 2. Then, the legal conflict between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard brought more delays. All this added to COVID-19 has delayed its productions, especially those related to DC.
Another delayed movie, although not COVID-related, is The Flash. The film has no premiere date due to the disasters surrounding Ezra Miller. They have been arrested several times in Hawaii for violent behavior, giving drugs to a minor and having applied psychological violence to them. Let’s hope that Warner Studios’ luck improves, and they can impress us with their next movies.
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