Wednesday, April 8, 2020

'The Witcher' S1 BTS, When Show Could Resume Production

"Damn ⁦he looks good in profile. Shooting one of opening scenes for ep 7"

As we wait for word on when The Witcher could resume filming on Season 2, director Marc Jobst has come through with this neat behind the scenes pic from S1.

Production on S2 was paused almost a month ago, around the time actor Kristofer Hivju announced on Instagram that he had tested positive for coronavirus (he's now recovering at home).

The cast has been in self-isolation like the rest of the world, sharing updates here and there. So when could we see them return to the set? -- Deadline Hollywood estimates that shows like The Witcher, may not resume production until at least July. It will likely depend on when the UK eases its social-distancing restrictions since that is where the series is being filmed. 

According to Deadline, Netflix has begun paying minimum guarantees to regular cast members on its shows:

"I hear actors on series, which were filming or about to go into production at the time everything was put on hold, are receiving their minimum guarantees. That’s episodic fees for the minimum number of episodes each regular cast member is guaranteed on a show each season per their contract (it varies)."

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos told CNN last month, that disruptions could come later this year:

"What’s happening now is we work pretty far ahead with delivering all the episodes of our shows at once so no disruption over the net few months, maybe later in the year as physical production is not operational."

For now, we wait. But fair warning to Henry, other Witchers are already training to take his place! 

Stay home. Stay strong.

P.S. Check out this new video and article about the VFX that went into creating The Witcher. Both really good!

Watch: 'The Witcher' Told As 'Princess Bride'

The Witcher gets The Princess Bride treatment by Funny or Die.

We'll take the humor when we can get it. :)

Hope you guys are staying safe. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Fight Against Covid-19: Henry Thanks Health Workers In The UK

Last we heard from Henry, he was baking bread in self-isolation after The Witcher was forced to shut down production in the UK because of the spread of the coronavirus. Today, he appeared in a video by England's National Health Service, to thank health workers as they battle the disease.

Healthcare workers all over the world have emerged as the true heroes of this crisis, as they risk their lives while treating Covid-19 patients. We salute you as well.

Stay safe, everyone!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Zack Snyder Doing 'BvS' Live Commentary On Vero

On this 4th anniversary (month) of the Batman v Superman release, director Zack Snyder just surprised fans with some big news!

Want to tune in to find out what cool Easter eggs he reveals? -- Follow Zack on Vero.

UPDATE: Here's the video!

Image: Warner Bros.

Friday, March 20, 2020

'The Witcher' Cast & Crew Check In: Self-Isolation Posts

Just like most of us, the cast and crew of The Witcher have been settling into self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week several of them including Henry, checked in with fans on social media. Apparently, Henry has been spending part of his time baking... who knew Geralt had those skills!

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Meanwhile, Freya Allan is dedicating some of her time at home to introducing her brother to The Chronicles of Narnia.

As for Jeremy Crawford... he's been brushing up on his Witcher knowledge.

We also heard from Lauren S. Hissrich and Tom Canton, with both sharing some funny posts.

Filming on The Witcher is currently on hold after actor Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the coronavirus. The Netflix series is set for a 2021 release.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

'The Durrell Challenge' Postponed Until September

Count us in!

The Durrell Challenge organizers have just announced that the charity 13K is being moved from May to September because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the entire world deals with the coronavirus, we're sending best wishes to everyone and look forward to seeing you all in Jersey this fall.

Also, you get more time to train and try to beat Superman!

Learn all about the event that raises money for endangered animals at

Sunday, March 15, 2020

'The Witcher' Halts Production In The UK, Actor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Just a day after reporting that production continued on The Witcher in the UK, Netflix has now apparently halted filming on the show due to the spread of the coronavirus around the world.

The Wrap reports that for now, Netflix has paused production for two weeks. The second season of The Witcher is set to premiere next year.

UPDATE: Deadline has released additional details on the decision to temporarily shut down the show:

We have made the decision, effective immediately, to pause production for two weeks during this difficult time… 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.”

Read more at Deadline and Variety.

UPDATE #2: The Witcher S2 actor Kristofer Hivju has announced he's now at home in Norway, after testing positive for COVID-19.

Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health - I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country's Center for Disease Control's website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency
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According to Deadline, Netflix is now in the process of disinfecting the set of the show at Arborfield Studios near London and has asked cast and crew to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Read the full letter sent out by Netflix to the cast and crew of The Witcher at Deadline.

Image: Netflix

Saturday, March 14, 2020

'The Witcher' Production: Cast & Crew Share Updates

As TV and film productions shut down around the world because of the coronavirus, filming on The Witcher appears to be continuing in England. Today Freya Allan shared a clip that seemed to confirm that.

While we haven't heard from Henry this week, other members of the cast have been sharing updates from the set of the Netflix show.

Paul Bullion and Thue Rasmussen have also been bonding off the set.

And then there is Eamon Farren, who played baddie Cahir in Season 1 of The Witcher. It turns out he's really funny and while answering questions from fans, he revealed that he tried out for the role of Geralt!

Meantime, Mahesh Jadu posted a quick video a few days ago,  where he showed off some of his fighting moves. 

Finally, just in from London today, this very timely post by showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich.

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We'll continue to bring you the latest on The Witcher production as we get it, so keep checking back!