Coronavirus: LotR production in West Auckland shut down

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Coronavirus: LotR production in West Auckland shut down

Postby Otaku-sempai » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:19 pm

The New Zealand Herald reports:
Production of Amazon's version of The Lord of the Rings has been suspended for two weeks - with staff told "there are no clear answers to when we will resume production".

A memorandum sent to about 800 cast and crew involved in the West Auckland shoot, sent shortly after 7pm this evening, blamed the Covid-19 coronavirus for the disruption.

Amazon could not immediately be reached for comment, but a watermarked copy of the announcement from North American-owned GSR Productions, forwarded to the Herald by someone close to the production, said:

"In an abundance of caution, UAP [Untitled Amazon Project] has suspended production for the next two (2) weeks commencing Monday, March 16."
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Re: Coronavirus: LotR production in West Auckland shut down

Postby Old_Begonia » Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:26 am

Well, that bites. But I'm glad they're taking steps. What a mess.
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Re: Coronavirus: LotR production in West Auckland shut down

Postby Denethor » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:23 pm

Just as a further update - New Zealand is in a four week nationwide lockdown, as of 11:59 pm, 25th March. So nothing going to happen for quite some time.
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