The COVID-19 outbreak led to the temporary shutdown of cinema halls as well as the indefinite postponement of several films which were slated for a 2020 release. The pandemic – which took over most of this year – has actually caused great financial stresses for artists world over. Oscar-winning filmmakers James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood recently teamed up with cinema owners to make a humble appeal for financial help. The trio added that they feared for the future of the movie industry. Penning a letter to the leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives, they noted that the coronavirus pandemic had caused a big blow to theatre houses and that without funds and assistance, they may not survive the impact of COVID-19.
The letter was signed by more than 70 directors and producers along with the National Association of Theater Owners, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association, reported Reuters. The world went on a standstill in March and started to open up more than six months later.
The same happened with renowned entertainment companies including AMC Entertainment and Cineworld Plc’s Regal Cinemas have reopened, with reduced capacity, in many US cities, but not in the biggest markets of Los Angeles and New York City. Efforts to get Americans back into theaters have proved disappointing as the fear surrounding the virus still prevails and Hollywood studios have delayed the release of big movies like Black Widow and Top Gun: Maverick to 2021. “Cinemas are an essential industry that represents the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future,” the letter said. Others signing the letter included James Bond movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and action movie director-producer Michael Bay.