Speaking to Empire, Fukunaga explained: “My first movie, Sin Nombre, came out during swine flu [pandemic in 2009], and it came out in cinemas in Mexico right when the President of Mexico said: ‘Do not go to cinemas.’”
“So I had trauma from that experience, and as I was following the news of this, almost every day I was asking [the producers], ‘What’s the plan, guys? Because this isn’t stopping.’”
Reflecting on the reshuffle, he adds: “I don’t think anyone could have foreseen how the world came to a complete standstill, but I did think audiences would not be going to cinemas.”
Because of this, Fukunaga had some fear about how the next few months would go regarding the production of the film.