Hawaii’s film industry continues to boom due to COVID

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HONOLULU (KHON2) – A highly anticipated Netflix movie is set to be filmed in Hawaii this week: Murder Mystery 2, starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler.

Many in the industry hope that omicron will not interrupt production.

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The film industry is going to tremendous efforts to prevent outbreaks, including quarantining background actors for five days in hotels in Hawaii and testing them every day before production starts.

“All of this combination of factors together now proves that we can have this industry,” said Donne Dawson, Hawaii state film commissioner. “We can move forward with a really strong economic engine for our state if we urgently need it.”

There have been some hiccups in the movie industry as COVID spreads across the islands, but nothing major so far, according to Dawson. Actress Rachel Parker, who lived in the islands, recently flew from Los Angeles to film as a background actress, but her shoot was canceled due to COVID.

“I was cast in a role in December,” said Parker. “We ran a COVID test on the initial fit and the date was changed a couple of times. But 45 minutes before hotel check-in for our quarantines. You canceled us. So I’m very disappointed and stunned that I’ve lost days of work and something that is suitable for the film. “

The film industry created $ 423 million in direct spending in Hawaii in 2021. In addition, around 5,000 jobs were created.

Currently, NCIS Hawaii and Magnum PI are coming back to finalize filming for their seasons sometime this spring. Murder Mystery 2 is in production. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom have completed filming with Jason Mamoa, which is set to be released in December.

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“He’ll be back with more work for Hawaii,” said Dawson. “He has some very exciting projects ahead of him in the future where he’ll be back here to film, and that’s why we are currently in a very strong growth phase for our film industry.”

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