Production pauses on Gerard Butler thriller ‘Copshop'

Three crew members test positive for Covid-19

By Jeremy Kay 5 Oct 2020

Production pauses on Gerard Butler thriller ‘Copshop'
Gerard Butler

Production in the US state of Georgia has been paused on Gerard Butler and Frank Grillo thriller Copshop after three crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

Joe Carnahan (The GreyThe A-Team) directs the film, which STXinternational introduced to buyers at virtual TIFF.

In a statement released on Friday (October 2) producer Warren Goz said, “We learned this morning that three crew members have tested positive for Covid-19.

“We immediately paused production proactively. The safety of our cast and crew is our greatest priority. We are contact tracing everyone in the production at this time. Those who tested positive were isolated from the vast majority of our crew, including our actors and director.

“An extensive set of protocols were implemented for this production from the beginning and we remain dedicated to ensuring they are followed. If test results are negative, we will resume production according to our established safety guidelines.”

Copshop takes place in a small-town police station that becomes the unlikely battleground between a professional hitman (Butler), a smart rookie female police officer, and a double-crossing conman (Grillo) on the run.

Mark Williams and Tai Duncan of Zero Gravity Management are producing alongside Goz and Eric Gold of Sculptor Media, Butler and Alan Siegel’s G-BASE Productions, and Carnahan and Grillo through their WarParty Films production banner.

Open Road Films will distribute the film in the US. Raven Capital Management, which acquired Open Road in 2018 and recently relaunched the theatrical distributor, developed Copshop in partnership with Sculptor and Zero Gravity, and is fully financing the film.

This story originally appeared on sister site ScreenDaily.

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