HBO stops production of Westworld Season 4 due to Covid-19

HBO will pause production of the fourth season of the sci-fi series Westworld after a positive test result for the coronavirus.

According to Deadline, someone on the production team’s positive COVID-19 test appeared as part of the show’s rigorous testing schedule. The team has been testing diligently during this process and will start a two-day break next week.

Meanwhile, Hulu series Woke had to suspend production for upcoming season two after a positive COVID-19 test. A department head in Zone A, describing in COVID protocol language those on set when the performers aren’t wearing masks, tested positive, resulting in the production pause. Shooting resumed later on Wednesday.

Westworld is just the latest series to be forced to stop production as COVID-19 cases continue to rise around the world.

The 10th season of FX’s American Horror Story had to be interrupted earlier this week, with some major UK productions also affected.

Netflix’s filming of the Matilda musical, Bridgerton’s second season and Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon – all of which are being shot in the UK – have been hit by COVID cases over the past week and had to be temporarily shut down.

Westworld, based on the movie of the same name written by Michael Crichton, was created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

The cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandiwe Newton, Aaron Paul, Jimmi Simpson, Katja Herbers, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, Luke Hemsworth, Simon Quarterman and Rodrigo Santoro. The show is produced by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, Denise The, JJ Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis and Ben Stephenson.

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