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As if Fantastic Beasts 3 hasn’t been held back enough already. Just in, news has come out that production for the Wizarding World sequel has been paused after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.
A WB spokesperson had told Variety:
“A team member from Fantastic Beasts 3 has tested positive for COVID-19… The diagnosis was confirmed as a result of required and ongoing testing that all production employees receive, and the team member is currently in isolation. Out of an abundance of caution, ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ paused production and will be back up in accordance with safety guidelines.”
This is probably the second big WB blockbuster that has been paused because someone had tested positive for COVID-19. Late last year, production for The Batman had to be shut down because a member also tested positive with the virus. And you know who that was? Lead star Robert Pattinson.
Hopefully this delay won’t mean that Fantastic Beasts 3 will be pushed back even further. Originally, the movie was set to come out this November, but after the virus, Johnny Depp’s court case against Amber Heard, and the negative reception of Crimes of Grindelwald, the movie is now looking to release next year.
Hopefully by this time, WB has managed to smooth out the story that J.K. Rowling was trying to tell. Who knows if Fantastic Beasts will still be able to finish its original 5-movie plan?
Catch Fantastic Beasts 3 when it comes out on July 15, 2022.