Disney pulls ‘Personal History of David Copperfield’ amid coronavirus crisis

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Disney has pulled Dev Patel’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” from its Searchlight banner, along with several other films which are either pulled out or delayed.

Variety reports that multiple studios have pulled movies in wake of the coronavirus crisis. With theaters across North America closed along with multiplexes shut in China, Japan, Italy and other areas greatly has resulted in billions of dollars in lost revenues, the report said.

Dev is playing David Copperfield in the new retelling of the Charles Dickens’ story. The film was scheduled for a May 8 release. The film is directed and written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, and will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it.

The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist, who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. He is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.

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