Production of TV shows can be delayed for any number of reasons, ranging from weather to script rewrites. Delays are often more inconvenient than dangerous, but Avengers star Jeremy Renner's upcoming small screen project, the history drama Knightfall, is facing a production pause due to fires that could seriously affect how filming will be able to progress from this point forward. The upcoming show has been filming in Prague, and a fire broke out on set that may have caused significant damage to the location.
There's no confirmation just yet of how much damage has resulted from the blaze, but it isn't minimal. Luckily, no injuries have been reported, and production is still slated to begin once more on Monday, but that could change. Damage was limited to the exterior sets of Knightfall, according to Deadline. The interiors should have been entirely unaffected by the flames. If perhaps a bit smellier. Jeremy Renner's onscreen time for Knightfall is currently as a guest star, but he's one of the producers getting it in motion as well, so he's got more of a stake in things getting disastrous like this.
Unfortunately, Knightfall sounds like a series that requires a lot of outdoor filming. The show is set to chronicle the mysterious yet truthful accounts of the warriors who made up the Knights Templar during the Crusades. Episodes will cover everything from the great secrets of the brotherhood to the loyalties that bonded the warriors together in life-and-death situations. The Knights Templar encountered some dark days that ultimately immortalized Friday the 13th in popular culture and should make for great viewing. Those who tune in will likely recognize some of the qualities that inspired the Knights of the Round Table of Arthurian legend and the Jedi Knights of the Star Wars franchise, but Knightfall should take the stories of the Knights Templar in previously unexplored directions.
Welsh actor Tom Cullen of Downton Abbey stars as a veteran Crusader who aims to lead a quest to recover the Holy Grail, because of course the first quest of the show is to recover the Holy Grail. Such a quest sounds like it involves a lot of outdoor travel, although probably not involving the classic clopping coconuts of Monty Python fame. Exterior set damage could pose quite a problem.
History gave the series an initial order for ten episodes that were originally intended to premiere at some point in late 2016. We'll have to wait and see if the damage from the fires will cause any more delays or shifts in production tactics, and since Knightfall represents one of the channel's first post-VIkings attempts at producing original scripted dramas, we can only hope for the best. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you'll be able to watch on the small screen during the wait for the debut of the Knights Templar scripted series on History.