Inside Hollywood’s Struggle to Resume Production: Testing, Budgets and Quarantine Rules

”For a big-budget studio film, COVID testing and safety could increase a budget by 15-20%,“ producer Shaun MacGillivray says

Just as Hollywood was making moves to resume film and television production, the explosion of COVID-19 infections in large regions of the United States has forced studios and networks to react quickly to rapidly worsening news in the hopes of salvaging plans.

Multiple insiders with knowledge of plans to resume filming tell TheWrap that preproduction work that began a few weeks ago on many projects is still moving forward. But those plans now have to take into account the rising infection rates in major production hubs like California and Georgia that could very soon render it impossible to shoot safely. For now, studios in Georgia have yet to close and applications are still being accepted for on-location filming in Los Angeles County.

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Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • • Twitter: @jeremyfuster