Production on the second season of the Netflix series “The Witcher” is suspended amid the growing fears of COVID-19, as reported by Deadline. The series was being filmed in the U.K. and is reportedly the first series in the country to shut down production, with other postponements happening around the world, including the U.S.
Jake Kanter of Deadline published the following quote from a member of production:
“We have made the decision, effective immediately, to pause production for two weeks during this difficult time… this will allow everyone the time to make informed decisions about how to move forward. The coronavirus has raised challenging issues for everyone working on set on productions for Netflix. We are very grateful for all the work everyone has done to keep cast and crew safe during this pandemic.”
The first season of “The Witcher” was released at the end of last year, with Henry Cavill playing the monster hunter Geralt originating from the trilogy of video games. Its reception has seen it become one of the more favorably reviewed game adaptations in recent years and could already be setting the trend for adaptations to hit the small screen rather than the big. It was recently announced that HBO had greenlit “The Last of Us” from the creator of “Chernobyl.”
Other cast members to have featured on the series include Freya Allen, Eamon Farren, Anya Chalotra, Joey Batey, MyAnna Buring, and Lars Mikkelsen. The show was created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who has previously worked on “The Umbrella Academy” and “The West Wing,” among others.
The shut down of production will no doubt affect when Netflix can distribute the second season; however, no release date had been confirmed anyway before the postponement.