Studio fire delays filming of The Old Guard 2

THE Netflix action movie production The old guard 2starring Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne and Henry Golding, was temporarily halted after a fire broke out at the historic Italian studios of Cinecittà in Rome, where the film is being shot.

The fire, which broke out on a set representing Renaissance Florence in the process of being dismantled, was quickly brought under control by three teams of firefighters, without accident or significant damage.

“The fire has been extinguished. There are no injuries, no poisoning, no serious material damage,” a Cinecittà Studios spokesperson said in a statement to AFP.

Although the source of the fire has not been determined, one of the possible reasons for its outbreak could be due to the heat wave currently hitting Italy.

The film production coordinator The old guard 2 said in a statement to media that “two days of filming” had been lost as a result of the incident.

Cinecittà Studios, founded in 1937, has hosted important productions such as Ben Hur and Federico Fellini DolceVita. Cinecittà, which translates to “the city of cinema” in Italian, has served as the setting for nearly 3,000 films.

An earlier fire tore through one of Cinecittà’s warehouses in 2007, damaging props and sets for the big-budget HBO-BBC show Rome.