A film starring Zendaya & John David Washington was secretly filmed during quarantine.


Deadline has started new series via their website titled "Reopening Hollywood". There they focuses on the effort to get the industry rolling again while ensuring the safety of their casts and crew envolved.

Our goal is to examine numerous sides of the business and provide a forum for leaders in Hollywood who have a vision for how production could safely restart in the era of coronavirus. –Deadline.com

Which brings us to the latest feature filmed during the course of quarantine in America, Malcolm & Marie. Starring Zendaya and John David Washington from Euphoria creator Sam LevinsonMalcolm & Marie has been shooting quietly all along during the pandemic. It has already completed production — arguably the first to do so on the feature film side.


While there is very little known about the plot details, It is said that the movie has some echoes of Netflix’s Marriage Story, while resonating a number of social themes that the world is experiencing right now. Possibly a hint of a pandemic? Who knows


Filming for Malcolm & Marie took place between June 17-July 2 at the Caterpillar House, an environmentally conscious glass architectural marvel in Carmel, CA – all compliant with WGA, DGA and SAG-AFTRA approvals and COVID-19 safety protocols.


So how exactly did Malcolm & Marie spring so quickly into production?


Well Deadline reports, that on Monday, March 16, Levinson received the call from HBO that Euphoria’s Season 2 had to shut down. I understand that one night during quarantine, Zendaya phoned him and asked if he could write and direct a movie during quarantine. Within six days, Levinson had cracked Malcolm & Marie. When it came to thinking about who could spar with Zendaya, Levinson kept seeing and hearing in his head BlacKkKlansman Golden Globe nominee and Tenet star Washington.


Given the filmmaker and the cast’s focus to tell stories in a safe way during uncertain times, Levinson, his production partner and wife Ashley Levinson (producer of Bombshell, EP of Green Knight, co-EP of Queen & Slim), longtime producer Kevin Turen, Washington and Zendaya took it upon themselves to bankroll Malcolm & Marie during pre-production and production.


Before shooting, Sam Levinson was writing a script for New Regency when Yariv Milchan and Michael Schafer said they wanted to support the financing of Malcolm & Marie and donate their proceeds to charity. Both are EPs on the movie along with Aaron L. Gilbert, Will Greenfield, Washington, Zendaya and Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) the latter of whom is also an investor in Malcolm & Marie. Co-EPs are Katia Washington, Harrison Kreiss, Stuart Manashil and Kenneth Yu.


Turen and Ashley Levinson worked with doctors and lawyers to meet the requirements necessary to go into production. They called a few of their creative collaborators such as Euphoria DP Marcell Rév to shoot, and production designer Michael Grasley.


The production employed a lean crew who wore multiple hats with everyone looking out for each other, i.e., co-EP Kreiss became the default for everything from tracking scripts, stocking craft services and standing in for lighting.


Malcolm & Marie found an ideal location in Feldman Architecture’s Caterpillar House. A private property in Monterey County, on 33 acres of land, It was said to have accentuated the emotion and choreography of Levinson’s screenplay while providing privacy for the production and distance from anyone outside the quarantine group.


Check out the rigorous yet productive details of how the cast and crew managed to complete Malcolm & Marie during this pandemic:


During Quarantine

• No more than one person in a room at any given time unless the additional person has previously been quarantined with the cast or crew member.

• There will be food prepared in the quarantine housing. Food will be delivered to your rooms. No outside food delivery will be permitted in the housing.

• There will be schedules given to cast and crew as to when common areas can be utilized.

• No physical contact at any time.

• Walking and riding bicycles is permitted at the ranch so long as no one comes in contact with another person or enters any business establishments.

• There will be a pantry in each room for each person to have individual snacks and drinks.

• Disposable plastic cups and utensils only.

• There will be designated exterior areas for each crew member to be outdoors and maintain safe social distance.

• Each cast and crew member will have their own bathrooms in their own hotel rooms.

• Shared laundry is ok as long as handles and knobs are wiped before and after use.


During the Shoot

• Do not touch your mask.

• Eliminate the use of paper document distribution.