Most studios have struggled to keep high-level productions free of Covid-19
in the past year: Blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible 7
” and “The Batman
” periodically paused as a result of positive cases. But AGC Studios
and Centropolis’ sci-fi thriller “Moonfall
” — one of the most expensive indie pics in years, with a budget of $140 million (second only to Luc Besson
’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
”) — has been wholly shot during the pandemic without any setbacks.
Directed by Roland Emmerich
and starring Halle Berry
and Patrick Wilson
” follows a ragtag team’s mission into space to prevent the moon, knocked off its orbit by an unknown force, from a nasty collision course with Earth. U.S. distributor Lionsgate
recently set a Feb. 4 release date, and AGC
will preview early material at the Cannes virtual market in late June.
“It’s fantastic for independent distributors to have a