Despite the pandemic, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may still begin production on schedule.
At this stage of the coronavirus pandemic, productions and releases are dropping like flies. Between keeping their crews safe and keeping audiences safe, studios have been making the tough decisions. An innumerable amount of productions have been canceled, making for quite the big question mark as far as the immediate future of releases. It’s also unknown when we can expect to see productions to actually pick up.
Last we heard, early May was considered to be too optimistic an expectation, but the reality is that we have zero idea how this whole thing will play out. It’s because of that that this new report from Variety makes a lot of sense. This is especially the case for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
This Marvel Studios sequel, according to the outlet, is currently in the midst of remote pre-production. Yes, filmmakers have also found ways to be productive while quarantined at home. As it stands, the production for that Sam Raimi-directed pic was set to begin this coming June. According to the outlet’s sources, that plan is still the case.
Of course, as I’ve stated above, that’s just the plan in the current state of things. In the past, we have seen productions announced as still ongoing before abruptly getting canceled. As it stands, June still is far enough away that it’s in studios’ best interest to continue on like business as usual. If all works out, they will be on-schedule and will minimize their losses. If not, the costs of pre-production are a drop in the bucket compared to what they would have been otherwise.
However, it’s worth pointing out that this is, by no means, a 100% confirmation that the production will go forward. It’s a simple situation of the studios playing it by ear, and at this point, they see no reason to push a June production. Hopefully, that won’t change, but in this current pandemic, what is clear is that we really don’t know how this whole thing will shake out.
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