Reaction to the coronavirus pandemic brought about a sudden end to filming on numerous TV shows earlier this year. Disney+’s much-anticipated Marvel series, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, was among those that had to halt production. Fast forward two months and the Disney+ series is about to be able to start filming again, and it is not alone. More shows are starting back up.
Here is what you need to know. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was filming in Prague the Czech Republic, which is now starting to lift its restrictions. Hence, filming resuming on the delay-riddled Marvel series and more, including a Netflix project. The Czech Film Commission explained the situation and the guidelines for continuing production on their website, saying:
Adherence to these recommendations, including testing actors every 14 days during production and, of course, maintaining sanitation standards on location and in studios, will reduce the possibility of infection to an absolute minimum. However, they also apply to cross-border transport – foreign actors and crew members must show a negative test when leaving their country, a measure that, according to the latest reports, airlines will also begin to require for all their passengers. Within 72 hours of arrival, they will undergo a second test, and remain quarantined until they receive a negative result. The result is usually received the next day. In this way they can avoid the 14-day quarantine, which would severely impact film budgets.
The Czech Film Commission is clearly not re-opening without some specific guidelines for doing so. Actors will be tested every two weeks, and the set will be expected to keep sanitation standards. With all of that in place, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be among those to wade back into filming again this month.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Disney+)
Filming in Prague was supposed to be completed within a week when production was shut down in early March. Sebastian Stan had provided an update while fans have waited for word. At the time, Stan said the plan was to finish as soon as it was possible. Now, the show finally will be able to get back into filming.
The Wheel of Time (Amazon)
Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike will get to resume production on the TV adaptation of the fantasy novel series, The Wheel of Time. Filming had begun on September 19, 2019, per Wheel of Time’s Twitter account. By the time production stopped in March, the Pike-led series had been at it for six months.
473 Transatlantic (Netflix Feature)
The German and English language Netflix film, 473 Transatlantic, will also resume filming. Production was slated to start in 2020, per Variety. What the delay will mean for the movie’s release is not entirely clear. I would think a roughly two-month break should impact things.
Now that some shows are back filming again, all eyes will continue to be on who joins them. While network television has pretty much called it a day this season, some streaming series are taking different track. Netflix’s Stanger Things is filming in New Mexico for Season 4. When production can begin again, it will reportedly be among those back first.
Production on series filming in British Columbia may be able to begin this summer. That production window that puts The CW’s dramas among those that could return later. Will other areas begin to follow Czech Republic’s lead and start back up this month? It is going to be an interesting summer.