AceShowbiz - Will Smith's efforts to get his production company back up and running have suffered a setback after a group of staffmembers tested positive for the coronavirus.
Westbrook Inc. officials have confirmed 10 Los Angeles-based employees were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week (ends August 09), causing filming on one of their projects to be shut down.
However, they stopped short of identifying the project in question, and claim all affected staffers have since tested negative - although the difference in results within just a few days raises questions about the validity of the tests used.
"We received 10 positive tests and the crew members quarantined and remain in quarantine," they told Variety.
"All 10 people were retested and have received negative results. We will continue to follow all official guidelines and safety protocols."
Smith runs Westbrook Inc. with his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith. It serves as the parent firm for the action man's film production company, Overbrook Entertainment, through which the "Independence Day" star is developing "King Richard", a biopic in which he will portray Richard Williams, the father of tennis superstars Venus Williams and Serena Williams.