Spielberg-produced Amazon series pulls out of Mexico due to virus

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Spielberg-produced Amazon series pulls out of Mexico due to virus

The filming in Mexico of a big-budget Steven Spielberg-produced Amazon miniseries, starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem, has been suspended due to concerns about the coronavirus, according to a letter sent to cast and crew on Friday and seen by Reuters.

The production entitled “Mexica,” which centers on the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, began filming two weeks ago on location in Mexico City. Mexico has so far confirmed 26 cases of the coronavirus.

Only a skeletal wrap crew will continue working through next week, and cast and crew were informed that production might resume in December depending on how the public health crisis develops.

The project’s budget is believed to be tens of millions of dollars, and dozens of local contractors will be affected by the suspension.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move came after the cancellation of the Guadalajara International Film Festival, set to kick off in Mexico’s second-biggest city late next week, and as U.S. studios delayed filming.

The Walt Disney Co. on Friday said it has halted production on some live-action films for a short time on concerns over the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Warner Bros. Pictures said on Saturday the company had put the production of “The Batman” movie on hold for two weeks.

Some 153,025 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and 5,788 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

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