Six movies resuming production after coronavirus
Tom Hanks, Zoe Saldana, Tom Cruise and Laura Dern
While Lockdown has given us the opportunity to catch up on some old films, you can only watch as many before you crave something new.
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Well, don't worry, because around the world some of the big minds are starting to resume production - which of course was stopped by Covid-19 - in various socially distant ways.
Here are just six of the films you should push for 2021 when the cinemas are hopefully back in service.
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Avatar was the top-selling film of all time in a decade until Avengers: Endgame overtook it last year
The long-awaited sequel to James Cameron's 2009 sci-fi blockbuster was filmed again in New Zealand this week as the country is almost free of corona viruses.
Cameron and producer Jon Landau told the press Down Under the second part of the planned five-part film series; Rumor has it that after the pandemic, the way of water (oh yes, this time under water) would bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars back into the country.
Laundau shared a photo on Instagram earlier this week when production started.
It will also bring some other big names, including Kate Winslet and Vin Diesel, to complement the returning original stars Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington.
Avatar 2, which is intended as a standalone feature (in other words, you don't need to have seen the first one), focuses on the children of Sully and Neytiri, who are now leaders of their clan.
The film is now scheduled for release in December 2021. The fifth film is already in the diary for 2027 - for those of you who like to plan ahead.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern in the original Jurassic Park
If you think it is impressive to get five films, the sixth film in the dinosaur film franchise will be the first major production to resume on the set next month in the UK after rigorous new security protocols.
(It's always best to stay at least two meters away from a dinosaur, or so we've read.)
"Cost is not our main concern now: it's about security," Universal Bosses told Deadline London recently.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are said to be back in London every day, where they have to isolate themselves for two weeks.
This should give them the opportunity to rework the original Jurassic Park film before Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum join them to repeat their role as giant lizard hunters one last time.
If everything is OK, the results should be with us in June 2021.
Baz Luhrmann's Elvis film with Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks will play Colonel Tom Parker
Back down under, but this time in Australia, director Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic is expected to start again soon.
Filming was discontinued after star Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, tested positive for Covid-19, but both later recovered.
In the untitled film, Hanks will portray Presley's longtime and well-known tough manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Austin Butler will play the young King of Rock 'n' Roll.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday that filming on the country's gold coast would begin: "As soon as possible while ensuring that the cast and crew can work safely."
This film has always been in our thoughts during the entire blackout period and will hopefully be shown on our large screens by November 2021.
Mission: Impossible 7
Tom Cruise will star again in the seventh film in the Mission: Impossible series
The last in a long series of delays and difficulties for the spy thriller starring Tom Cruise happened in Italy in late February, which was early decimated by the virus.
The filming was then brought back to the UK before it was completely stopped.
However, first assistant director Tommy Gormley told BBC Radio 4's Today today that they hoped to leave again in September and continue to "visit all of the countries we had planned."
Actor Simon Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the franchise, told Variety that it would "start with the outdoor stuff," which he described as "fairly doable."
The mission of the producers, who have apparently accepted it, is now to bring the film to the cinemas for November 2021.
The little mermaid
Disney's live action remake of classic animation with Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy only had to cancel his London shooting schedule a week before the start in March.
Bailey, who went home to isolate in Los Angeles, said she was "very excited" about the prospect of filming again.
She told Entertainment Tonight: "I was in London earlier this year to start filming, and of course this pandemic made everyone slow down.
"I really welcomed it because I really missed my sister who was here in LA. I was happy to return to her and I'm just so excited when we start again.
"It just really comes together. I feel honored every day to even think about or talk about it. I wonder, 'What the hell? This really happens?'"
The film had no confirmed release date prior to the pandemic, although Digital Spy indicated that an unnamed Disney Live Action film is set to be released on November 19, 2021.
Finally from fish to winged creature ...
Filming for the new Batman film began in Glasgow in February when the capped crusader saw motorcycling in the city. However, it is believed that the man in a Batman costume was more of a stunt man than the movie star Robert Pattinson.
Pattinson replaced Ben Affleck after hanging his cloak, and the long spin delay gave him the opportunity to work on his fitness regime for the role.
It's probably not unlike your own lockdown workout. As the US actor told Healthy For Men magazine, it was about reducing alcohol and "5-10 km, three to four times a week" and "bike crunches, dumbbell side bends, double crunches and more" to run.
He will play alongside Zoe Kravitz, who will play the heroine Catwoman's complex love interest.
The film is slated to be released in October 2021, when we hope to find out how this relationship between species flourishes.
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