The Witcher TV Series Shuts Down Production After Positive COVID Test
This is the second time the show has been forced to pause production since the pandemic began.
For the second time, Netflix has been forced to stop production on The Witcher's second season due to positive COVID-19 tests, without a firm date for when it will resume.
The news was first broken by Deadline, which reported that the affected staff were not part of the show's main cast and they have already been quarantined. Filming was taking place west of London, and the UK has seen a dramatic leap in coronavirus cases over the last several weeks. Only when filming is believed to be safe again will production restart.
Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich addressed the situation on Twitter, thanking fans for their support and saying that the staff seemed to be doing well. She added that the team would be back to production "soon," so it likely won't be as long a delay as we saw earlier this year when the show first stopped production.
Hey, the world is turned upside down — so thanks for the love and support for our little corner of it. We Witchers are okay. The health and safety of our crew and their families come first, and we will do whatever we need to do to protect them. We’ll be back soon. Xx— Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) November 8, 2020
The Witcher series is based on the book series, though the video games helped to turn the franchise into a global success. They feature many of the same characters, locations, and story elements.
Game developer CD Projekt Red will offer free upgrades for existing The Witcher 3 owners on Xbox Series X, Series S, and PS5. Its next game, Cyberpunk 2077, is set to release on December 10, as well. If we know anything about The Witcher star Henry Cavill, he'll probably take his break from production to play the game. He was already a fan of The Witcher series prior to getting the lead role.