The Batman and Mission: Impossible 7 are amongst several film and television productions that are to be given the green light to resume filming this summer.
The UK government announced on Sunday that a limited number of essential individuals working on major productions will be allowed to be part of an exclusive group who are exempt from quarantine rules, so long as those travelling to the country live and work in controlled “bubbled” environments, which only includes their production and accommodation locations, per The Hollywood Reporter.
The Batman had been filming for almost seven weeks when production was halted for an initial two-week period due to safety concerns amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, while the cast and crew of Mission: Impossible 7 were forced to postpone a shoot in Italy as the country went into lockdown to help reduce rising infection rates.
“The world’s biggest blockbusters and high-end TV shows are made in Britain,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. “Our creativity, expertise and highly successful tax reliefs for our screen industries means that we are an in demand location that in turn delivers a great return for our economy. We want the industry to bounce back and exempting small numbers of essential cast and crew from quarantine is part of our continued commitment to getting cameras rolling safely again. This is welcome news not just for film lovers but the thousands employed across the screen industries and the sectors it supports.”
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Apart from The Batman and the Mission: Impossible sequels, other major film productions that were originally halted in the UK include the third Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them installment, Disney’s live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid, and Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion, which is set to resume filming at Pinewood Studios this week after an almost four-month hiatus.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.