Production on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic in Australia has been suspended indefinitely after the Warner Bros. project was hit by star Tom Hanks’ positive test for the coronavirus last week.
In a statement posted to his personal Twitter account, Luhrmann confirmed that the project had been halted and that now “is not the moment to be resuming production on the film.”
The Australian director did, however, commit to returning to the production as soon as possible. “All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we left off as soon as the time is right,” he wrote.
“In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days. We all agree that right now this is the right time for people all over the world, from all walks of life, to be at home, indoors, with their loved ones (washing our hands five times a day),” Luhrmann added.
“Despite valiant efforts, due to current world events, production on the Elvis film cannot proceed at this time. We will commence principal photography once circumstances permit,” Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.
Principal photography was due to start next week. Production staff on the film were told to take time off until June or July according to local reports.
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