When it comes to COVID-19, it is not just the Disney and Universal theme parks that have been heavily affected — and the productions on which their IP is based on have had to weather the pandemic, as well. Positive COVID-19 cases cause productions to shut down, and that is exactly what has happened on the set of Fantastic Beasts 3.
The Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently shooting in England, and it has been confirmed that a positive COVID-19 case was found on set. It was not noted who specifically has the virus, but the filming has come to a halt at this time.
Deadline released the following announcement:
Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts 3 has put production on hold after a “team member” tested positive for coronavirus, Deadline can confirm.
Warner Bros sent us the follow statement:
“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.”
The Fantastic Beasts 3 team has not said how long the production will be down for, but it seems they want to ensure that no one else has the virus as well. The positive COVID-19 case was discovered due to routine testing that must be done for all involved in the production, something all sets have had to adjust to during the pandemic.
Typically, actors and production crew are tested every few days, but there is always a chance that someone can be infected when going about their daily life outside of filming.
Unfortunately, this delay is one of many for Fantastic Beasts 3. The currently unnamed film was meant to go into production as of last March and would have already wrapped by now, had the pandemic not caused a slew of delays. Warner Bros. even had to recast Johnny Depp’s role of Gellert Grindelwald in the film due to the actor’s domestic abuse allegations. Mads Mikkelsen is currently set to take over Depp’s character in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
Speculation suggests that Universal’s Epic Universe is looking to implement the Fantastic Beasts franchise into the Wizarding World section of their theme park. That being said, it is likely not just Warner Bros. but also Universal that is banking on the films’ third installment to be a success.
Currently, the film is slated to have a theatrical release on July 15, 2022, but with the constant delays, it would not be shocking to see that day be pushed back.
Do you plan on watching Fantastic Beasts 3? What do you think of the franchise?