According to Deadline, in New Zealand, the number of cases of COVID-19 has dropped to almost zero, so the country’s authorities have decided to abandon almost all social restrictions in connection with the pandemic. This means that filmmaking in the island nation can once again be unhindered. According to reports, Amazon Studios hastened to take advantage of this circumstance, which six months later resumed work on its expensive series The Lord of the Rings. The crew of eight hundred reportedly returned to New Zealand.
Before the introduction of quarantine, the creators managed to shoot the first two episodes of the upcoming show – they were directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (Jurassic World 2, The Voice of the Monster, The Impossible). However, the forced vacation did not greatly affect Amazon’s plans, because the studio still hoped to take a break from filming, focusing on developing a script for the second season.
At the same time, it became known that the shooting of the series “Cowboy Bebop”, which is being created by Netflix, should begin soon. Production will also take place in New Zealand, with work starting on September 30th. The filming process was originally supposed to begin a year ago, but due to the injury of lead actor John Cho, the filmmakers had to take a break. The pause was supposed to be up to 9 months, but due to the pandemic, the downtime was delayed.