Sunday, April 21, 2024

UPDATED HBO Series “The Staircase” in Atlanta Hits Production Snag as Star Colin Firth Said to Test Positive for COVID


AUGUST 18TH UPDATE: Colin Firth has been back to work for a couple of days, I’m told, and is very well. His COVID was not as bad as thought, at least in retrospect. So, good news! 

FRIDAY UPDATE To be sure, everyone at “The Staircase” is concerned about the situation. But Georgia– Atlanta in particular– is a hot zone now for COVID. Even with the best supervision, COVID is sneaky. It gets through sometimes when you least suspect it can. So sending best recovery wishes to everyone down there!

EXCLUSIVE SOURCES say HBO’s “The Staircase,” a mini series shooting in Atlanta, has gotten into trouble because of COVID.

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I’m told star Colin Firth tested positive for the Delta variant and that brought everything to a halt. I’m told Firth was totally vaccinated for everything. We’re sending him best wishes for a quick recovery!

This is the new new for TV and movie production. One incident and everyone has to be re-tested and treated. Sources say they’re shooting around Firth, who was persuaded to do TV because of HBO’s recent successes with Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet.

The mini series, which sounds pretty good, co-stars Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rosemarie Dewitt, and Dane DeHaan. Based on a true story, Firth plays a man accused of killing his wife by pushing her down the stairs. The story became a docu series for Netflix called “The Staircase,” which aired in 2018. (A more interesting saga might be why Netflix didn’t make the movie.)

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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