Mask will be compulsory

Famed film studio outside Berlin hoping to relaunch production.

Mask will be compulsory

Berlin (dpa) - One of Germany's most renowned filming locations is hoping to get back up and running soon, with top Hollywood productions rumoured to be in the pipeline.

Preparations for two major film projects at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin were interrupted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"It was obvious that regular production work was initially no longer possible," studio chief executive Carl Woebcken said.

All foreign employees at the studio flew back to their own countries, many of them to the United States, England and Australia, he explained in an interview with dpa.

"As a result, we at first had a complete lockdown in the studio," Woebcken said.

The films that have been put on pause are given the codenames "Girona" and "Project Ice Cream" - he won't reveal further details.

However, media reports say that the two projects are an adaptation of the video game "Uncharted" and the fourth picture in the "Matrix" series, featuring action star Keanu Reeves.

Both required the construction of very complex sets and equipment, all of which are waiting in Babelsberg for filming to recommence.

"Now we're in a situation in which we have high hopes that we can hopefully continue producing both productions from mid-June," Woebcken said, adding that negotiations in that respect are under way.

Filming will not continue as normal, he explained. Wearing a mask will be compulsory. "On top of that there's hand disinfection: We recently ordered 5,000 litres of disinfectant."