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Safety, health cited in shutdown

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The entrance to ABQ studios in Albuquerque. (Susan Montoya Bryan/Associated Press)

Netflix and NBCUniversal are shutting down their two New Mexico productions for two weeks.

Both “The Harder They Fall” and “Evel” will pause production for two weeks due to growing concerns over coronavirus, according to the New Mexico Film Office.

The move falls in line as Netflix announced on Friday that it is shutting down all of its scripted film and TV productions in the U.S. and Canada.

“The Harder They Fall” is currently in pre-production.

Idris Elba

It will film in and around Santa Fe County, as well as Diablo Canyon and ranches in the area. The film is directed by Jeymes Samuel.

The film is a Western that follows the story of an outlaw, played by Jonathan Majors, who discovers that the man who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. Idris Elba plays the prisoner.

The outlaw reunites with his gang to track down the enemy and get revenge.

The fourth season of “Stranger Things” hasn’t started production in New Mexico.

NBCUniversal quickly suspended production on the majority of its TV series across all entertainment production units.

According to the company, about 35 shows are being affected.

According to a release from USA Network, “Evel” is a limited series that was picked up last fall. It will star Milo Ventimiglia and is based on the story of larger-than-life 1970s daredevil Evel Knievel as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat, the historic Snake River Canyon jump.

The series takes a look at his life of trying to live the American dream, all while juggling his meteoric celebrity and raising a family.

“The safety and health of our cast, crew and employees is our top priority.,” NBCUniversal said in a statement Friday. “Where possible, we are pausing production for two weeks as a precautionary measure, following which we will reassess and determine an appropriate start date.”

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