Production on Marvel’s Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has officially been paused.
The outlet writes that the cast of the crew of the film received a note from Marvel Studio execs Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Nate Moore about the shutdown.
“As we wind down for the holidays, we wanted to send a note of thanks and appreciation for the hard work of our entire cast and crew, as well as an update on timing. First and foremost, this project is exceptional and something we know audiences are eager to see.
The memo confirms that production will start back up in January with Letitia to return, but adds that her injuries, which include a fractured shoulder and concussion, were more serious than they were initially thought to be.
“We could not be any more excited to complete this film and share it with the world next year. Thank you for everything you’ve done to get us to this place.”
“Unfortunately, we’ve not gotten here without a few setbacks. Running a production of this scale in the midst of a pandemic is not an easy task, and you have remained diligent and professional throughout.
“In addition, as you are all aware, Letitia had a frightening accident on our set during a stunt back in August. It was a reminder of the importance of safety at all times in our work, which we know you understand and are committed to.
“What we had initially thought were minor injuries turned out to be much more serious with Letitia suffering a critical shoulder fracture and a concussion with severe side effects. It has been a painful process and Letitia has been home recovering with her doctors and the support of family.
We’ve adjusted our production schedule so she has the time she needs to heal, but there’s only so much we can do without Shuri! We also want to thank Letitia for everything she’s doing to get back to the set – we know how much she loves this role, how tough it’s been for her to be away, and how hard she’s working to recover as quickly as she safely can. We are eagerly awaiting her return and we know we will all come back stronger together.
Please be on the lookout for more information on your specific return-to-work date. As of now, we’re on schedule to resume filming – with Letitia – in January 2022. We are all focused on finishing the movie with excellence, honoring the memory of our dear brother Chadwick in the process. We are thrilled to share Black Panther: Wakanda Forever with the world, confident that the challenges that we have overcome together as a team will make the film even more impactful. Please take care of yourselves and enjoy the holidays.
The movie was originally slated to be released on July 8, 2022, but was later moved to Nov. 11, 2022. As of right now, that date is expected to remain.
It was reported back in August that the actress had been taken to the hospital after she was injured while performing a stunt for the Black Panther sequel.