Film director Paul Schrader angered by coronavirus film shutdown, says he’d rather ‘die on the job’

‘Myself, I would have shot through hellfire rain to complete the film’ 

Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

Film director Paul Schrader has criticised the producers of his current film The Card Counter after the shoot was shut down due to one of the cast members contracting coronavirus.

In a post on Facebook, the First Reformed director said his producers had stopped the production five days before it was due to finish “because an LA day player had the coronavirus”.

He added: “Myself, I would have shot through hellfire rain to complete the film. I’m old and asthmatic, what better way to die than on the job?”

Schrader wrote the script for The Card Counter. Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe star alongside Oscar Isaac who plays William Tell, a professional gambler working the casino circuit. During his travels, Tell meets an angry kid (Tye Sheridan) who’s out for revenge and takes him under his wing.

The Card Counter had been filming in Biloxi, Mississippi. The actor concerned is not one of the principal cast.

The coronavirus has delayed and cancelled a number of films due to be released. The UK release of controversial Second World War drama The Painted Bird has been delayed. Disney has announced it has postponed the releases of Mulan, The New Mutants and horror film Antlers.

Meanwhile, John Krasinski announced he was postponing Paramount Pictures’ A Quiet Place II in the wake of the pandemic – just one week before his sequel was due to be released.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in