Netflix's The Witcher Shuts Down Season 2 Production Due to Coronavirus
Production on the second season of The Witcher has officially been suspended by Netflix to protect its cast and crew from the coronavirus.
With its release last December, The Witcher quickly became one of Netflix’s biggest success stories and continues to be one of the streaming giant’s most popular original titles. Adapted from the original novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher‘s first season introduced viewers to the world of beloved characters such as Geralt of Rivia, Ciri, and Yennefer, with a second season on the way. However, production has temporarily come to a halt on Season 2 with the developing situation around the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a report from Deadline, Netflix has officially decided to suspend production on the season season of The Witcher in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, making it the first major UK-produced TV series to see a production delay due to the outbreak. According to Deadline, the show’s production team were notified of the production being suspended for two weeks, and will continue to be paid by Netflix during that time. Netflix has also shut down production on a number of its shows produced in the US and Canada, including work on Stranger Things‘ fourth season.
In terms of other news about Netflix’s series, The Witcher had been renewed for a second season before the first season premiered, giving a good sign that Netflix was confident about the show’s prospects heading into its release. Production on the second season started within the past month or two, and several new actors were revealed to fill out the Season 2 cast, including Killing Eve‘s Kim Bodnia as Geralt’s mentor, Vesemir.
The Witcher is one among many TV series and films to see a production delay due to the coronavirus outbreak, including last minute delays of several major motion pictures that were set to release in the next few weeks. A Quiet Place Part II and Mulan were set to debut later this month but have been delayed indefinitely, and No Time to Die had been pushed from its April release date to November. Likewise, one of the biggest delays yet was the news that Fast 9 is pushing its release date back a whole year to April 2021.
Netflix’s The Witcher is available to stream its full first season now, with Season 2 currently in production.