There are a few features currently being filmed in California now that some restrictions have been lifted, but Zendaya has all of them beat.
Back in March, ‘Euphoria‘ creator Sam Levinson received a phone call from HBO informing him that filming on season 2 of the show had to shut down.
Not long after, Zendaya called him up and asked him if he could write and direct a movie during quarantine.
Within six days, Levinson had cracked Malcolm & Marie. When it came to thinking about who could spar with Zendaya, Levinson kept seeing and hearing in his head BlacKkKlansman Golden Globe nominee and Tenet star Washington.
Given the filmmaker and the cast’s focus to tell stories in a safe way during uncertain times, Levinson, his production partner and wife Ashley Levinson (producer of Bombshell, EP of Green Knight, co-EP of Queen & Slim), longtime producer Kevin Turen, Washington and Zendaya took it upon themselves to bankroll Malcolm & Marie during pre-production and production.
They worked with doctors, lawyers, the WGA, DGA and SAG to meet all the requirements necessary to film.
Malcolm & Marie found an ideal location in Feldman Architecture’s Caterpillar House. Not only was it legal to shoot on private property in Monterey County, but the Caterpillar House, on 33 acres of land, I hear, accentuated the emotion and choreography of Levinson’s screenplay while providing privacy for the production and distance from anyone outside the quarantine group.
Not a lot is known about the movie, but it’s reportedly in the same arena as Marriage Story, presumably following a married couple going through quarantine together.
Filming took place between June 17-July 2. No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.