COVID-19 is claiming film and television productions left and right as the health scare is forcing studios to halt production. That same scare is also effecting streaming services and their original content. On Friday, Netflix announced it is putting a temporary hold on its original productions.
One of those affected is Stranger Things. Deadline reported the following:
All scripted TV and films in US and Canada are grounded for the next two weeks, starting Monday, March 16. The shutdown is done out of precaution and in compliance with bans on large gatherings, travel and other restrictions by authorities in the U.S. and abroad.
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Stranger Things is in the middle of production on its fourth season. The halt also applies to Sex/Life starring Sarah Shahi, Ryan Murphy’s The Prom, Lucifer, and Grace And Frankie. However, the halt to production does not seem to apply to shows filmed outside the U.S. Shows like The Witcher, which is currently filming its second season, are being assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Many will be resorting to streaming services as they hunker down during this time. While Netflix has an abundance of content in its library, its original content isn’t immure to the coronavirus lockdown. The next two weeks will be a test period to see if the panic dies down or if it only gets worse. If it gets worse, we could be in for a much longer delay. As a Stranger Things fan, here’s hoping it’s only two weeks.
In the meantime, Outbreak is currently streaming on Netflix…