Filming of Apple TV+ movie 'Emancipation' paused over COVID-19 results

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What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ movie Emancipation has reportedly seen filming paused following a number of positive COVID-19 tests among the crew.
  • The hiatus is expected to last for almost a week.

Upcoming Apple TV+ movie Emancipation has seen filming paused following the positive COVID-19 testing of some of its crew. The temporary stop is expected to last almost a week.

According to a Deadline report, the hiatus begins today and is likely to run for around five days.

I hear the cast and crew were just notified about the hiatus, which starts tomorrow and is expected to last approximately five days. Done out of abundance of caution, it comes about two weeks into the shoot of the high-profile movie, directed by Antoine Fuqua from a William N. Collage script. This is the latest Hollywood production to pause filming due to positive tests in the past few weeks as the country is grappling with a new Covid wave fueled by the high contagious Delta strain.

This is the second time the Will Smith movie has had to deal with a setback. After initially being set to film in Georgia, director Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith pulled the plug because of controversial voting law changes. Filming is now taking place in Louisiana.

In the movie, Smith plays Peter, a slave who fled a plantation in Louisiana after almost being killed by whipping. The thriller is based on a true story that was "indisputable proof of the barbarity of slavery in America."

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.