Scott Derrickson, the director of Doctor Strange, has urged US film fans to avoid cinemas during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Derrickson, a filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles, California, is overwhelmed by the current health crisis which has wreaked havoc throughout the film industry and the world over.
While the USA continues to see rising figures and is the worst-hit country on the plant, Derrickson’s home state of California is the worst state with over 700,000 confirmed cases.
The filmmaker, who is best known for his work on projects such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and, of course, the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Doctor Strange, has taken the unusual stance within the film industry to deter fans from viewing movies inside the cinema.
While the business looks to rebuild after the lockdown, numerous major projects are finally heading into theatres after major delays—the most famous coming in the shape of Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet. With the excitement surrounding the release, Derrickson has reminded his fans of the health concerns.
“Don’t go see Tenet or any other movie in a theater,” he wrote in a post on social media. “There, I said it.”
He added: “Speaking to my fellow Americans of course.”