COVID cinematic universe: Are we ready to see the pandemic on screen yet?


A year ago, the world was brought to a standstill. There’s no need to explain why, we were all there. Over the last few months, several movies set during the pandemic have entered development – and a few have already been released. But do people really want to watch scenes of social distancing, masks, and toilet roll hoarding right now? 

The first of these movies to be released was Locked Down, a heist rom-comstarring Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor, which debuted on HBO Max in January. That was soon followed by In the Earth, a pandemic horror movie directed by Ben Wheatley that debuted at Sundance Film Festival in February. As for upcoming movies, there’s The Bubble, Judd Apatow’s all-star Netflix comedyabout a quarantined cast trying to finish a franchise film. Even Steven Soderbergh’s returning to the genre, with the director recently revealing that a “philosophical sequel” to his 2011 pandemic thriller Contagion is in the works. 

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