Netflix's Matilda adaptation pauses filming due to COVID

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Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company
Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company

Netflix has reportedly had to press pause on a second UK production due to positive COVID tests.

According to Deadline, the streaming service and production company Working Title have had to stop first unit filming for the Matilda movie that's based on the stage musical.

It's not a complete halt, as the second unit is currently still shooting, but the main unit won't be working for this week and possibly up to 10 days.

Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures

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The news follows the announcement that Bridgerton had halted filming after multiple positive test results. In the UK at the moment, as England lifts its social distancing restrictions, positive COVID cases are coming in at as high as 50,000 a day. It's possible that a lot more UK productions will have to be paused.

This Matilda adaptation has a release date of December 2022, so the pause in filming shouldn't affect things too much, and Netflix has a rigorous testing process in place to identify any positive cases.

While it's being released on Netflix in the US, in the UK it will be released in cinemas by Sony Pictures.

Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company
Photo credit: Royal Shakespeare Company

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While it's being released on Netflix in the US, in the UK it will be released in cinemas by Sony Pictures.

This version follows the story of the stage musical, and uses the songs written by comedian Tim Minchin. Dame Emma Thompson, Stephen Graham, Sindhu Vee and more make up the cast.

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