It was only yesterday when we reported that filming of the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher was still ongoing and was scheduled to continue. This changed today as the production is shutting down for at least two weeks due to Coronavirus concerns.
Emails have gone out to the crew informing them that production is shutting down and there will be no filming over the next two weeks. It’s also possible that the shutdown period will be longer if required. The situation will be assessed as time goes on.
A source close to the production offers an official comment to the Hollywood Reporter:
“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). As such, we have made the decision, effective immediately, to pause production for 2 weeks during this difficult time, and we will support our production partners working on Netflix U.K. scripted series in doing the same. 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.”
Production of The Witcher’s second season was originally due to wrap in August, but the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic changed everything and we have no idea how things will go from now on.
Regardless, take the necessary measures and stay safe!