'The Eternals': VFX studio confirms it's working remotely on Marvel film amid coronavirus lockdown
'The Eternals' is supposed to release on November 6 this year, but it remains to be seen whether it can release on that date
The coronavirus has spread its tentacles far and wide across the world. While people struggle to deal with the lockdowns, new rules, canceled trips and stalled businesses, Hollywood tries to navigate its way through this difficult period.
Production on 'Black Widow' and 'Batman' has been put on an indefinite pause as film theatres won't be open till May 1. However, the question is, what about films like 'The Eternals' that have finished filming and have just months to go before their release dates? They might just be able to make their release dates as VFX houses are moving to work-from-home set-ups.
Scanline VFX Studios, one of the VFX houses that is also known for its work on 'Iron Man', 'The Avengers', 'Spider-Man: Far From Home', 'Captain Marvel', 'Black Panther' and 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' is still working on the film, albeit remotely.
"As of Monday, all 650 of Scanline's crew across Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Munich, Stuttgart and Seoul studios are working successfully from home, transforming Scanline into a completely remote visual effects studio for the time being," Scanline president Stephen Trojansky said in a statement. "From now on, not a single employee needs to set foot into a physical office location, making us independent of local government restrictions and lockdowns while providing a safe and healthy working environment for all crew."
"As we move into the weeks and months ahead, we are here to support our clients and the wider VFX community. Shows in the pipeline will continue as normal but we are also open for new projects and can expand our home setup capacity as needed... We are extremely proud of the way our teams have come together and adapted during this challenging time. The feedback we have received from everyone has been overwhelmingly positive as we transition in to this new, fully decentralized workflow," the statement added.
Apart from 'The Eternals', Scanline is creating visual effects for 'Godzilla vs Kong', 'The Batman' and 'Free Guy'.
'The Eternals' stars Kit Harington, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Ma Dong-Seok and Salma Hayek. The film is supposed to release on November 6 this year, but it remains to be seen whether it can release on that date in the face of all the pandemic chaos.