Malcolm & Marie: This Is How the Netflix Movie Was Made During the Pandemic

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In June 2020 a crew of 22 people — including actors and producers John David Washington and Zendaya — started filming the black-and-white film Malcolm & Marie in Carmel, California, while the rest of the state was still far from operational. The film was conceived, written, shot and sold to Netflix between April and September 2020. And a lot of pieces had to fall into place for the pioneering film production to be possible.

Season 2 of Euphoria, the HBO teen drama from creator Sam Levinson, was supposed to go into production in March 2020. One day before the show’s starting day, production went on an indefinite hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The star of the show, Emmy winner Zendaya, found herself with a lot of time on her hands. "I talked to Sam [Levinson] a lot. Thankfully he’s not sick of me and he still answers when I call," said the actress during a virtual press conference with Malcolm & Marie’s team. Zendaya, who describes Levinson as a "creative lighthouse," suggested to him they should make another project together. "It came this concept of: ‘Could we shoot something? Write me something, we can shoot it in my house. You, me and [Euphoria’s cinematographer] Marcell [Rév].’"