With the coronavirus continuing to spread across the globe, Netflix recently announced that production for The Witcher is suspended in the UK. Filming for the second season of the hit show has gone into hiatus for at least the next two weeks. After that the whole situation will be reassessed before production can restart. This is the first Netflix production to be delayed in the UK because of the pandemic. It comes on the heels of the streaming giant stopping production on all of its North American shows.
The second season of the fantasy video game adaptation series is not scheduled for release until 2021. This means there is still a chance that this release date may remain unchanged, unless the coronavirus causes more delays (beyond the two weeks for now). The crew received an email that stated: “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 the pandemic. Cast and crew health is our primary concern. We are dealing with an unprecedented global pandemic that is beyond our control, and in many instances with mandates or restrictions imposed by governments (including travel restrictions in many countries.”
In addition to Netflix’s decision to postpone production, Kristofer Hivju, who will appear in the second season of The Witcher, recently revealed on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus. This means that not only is production delayed, but the set will also need to be deep cleaned and disinfected to keep the entire crew and production staff safe.
The Witcher is not the only series to be directly impacted by the coronavirus. Most productions are dealing with some sort of delay in schedules. Line of Duty and Peaky Blinders out of the BBC are the latest to announce production suspension or delays.