The last time director-producer Frank Marshall remembers that one of his film projects had been closed for so long was in 1983, when Harrison Ford suffered a herniated disc in his spine during the filming of "Indiana Jones and the Temple" of Perdition ". Ford was out of service for nearly six weeks while recovering from a painful stunt-related injury.
At least there was an end in sight, said Marshall, whose long list of credits includes timeless classics like "Gremlins", "The Goonies" and "Back to the Future", as well as films on Jason Bourne. , Indiana Jones and "Jurassic Park" franchises.
There is not so much clarity about when filming can restart Marshall's latest film project, "Jurassic World: Dominion", which was among the top studio productions that ended in March, when the coronavirus swept the world.
"I keep thinking and trying to compare this to something, but I’ve never experienced anything like this before," said Marshall. "I don't think anyone has."
During the pandemic, Marshall is conducting a virtual magic show called "The Present" for the Geffen Playhouse. This production has advanced with the use of Zoom, but the uncertainty faced by other forms of art and entertainment remains disconcerting, as the world economy struggles to find ways out of the virus-induced coma.
"I I know there is a future, I know we will get over it, but the big question is when, "said Marshall. He added that he is talking about starting production on" Jurassic World "and finding out when it is possible to reopen" Diana ", the musical from Broadway he is producing on the life of the British princess.
"Everyone is optimistic about going back to what will be the new normal, but it will look different," said Marshall. When it comes to filming, he imagines that amenities like the craft service table will disappear, working hours will be limited, coronavirus testing will be ubiquitous, and filming will consist of small groups of people working on specific scenes.
He also believes that the conference call is here to stay and that many production and board meetings will be virtual in the future.
The bottom line, according to Marshall, is that everyone needs to be safe, so there must be strict guidelines from experts on how to ensure this is the case.
At the time of the interview, Marshall had been at home in Los Angeles for two months. The thing he missed most? Trip.
“I was on the move. I was walking around, ”he said of his frequent trips to New York for the musical and London for the film. "Being in the same place for eight weeks really made me a little crazy."
His most reliable way out of the stress of the situation has been daily walks with his dogs.
"I think it's good to go out and get exercise and fresh air, and get your head out of things," he said.
And if your mask drives you crazy while you are outdoors, Marshall wants to tell you a little secret: if you are alone and there is no one else around, you can pull him down. He does not count.