The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause major disruption across the entertainment industry, with the production and release of many shows and movies delayed. However, shooting has started again in New Zealand, where work on several big titles is now underway. The latest shows to start filming again are Amazon’s Lord of the Rings and Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop series.
As reported by Deadline, production has resumed on The Lord of the Rings, while Cowboy Bebop will restart on Wednesday this week, September 30. While New Zealand has extremely strict rules on who can enter the country, in July the country’s government granted “border exemptions” for certain international film and TV productions.
The Lord Of the Rings had been shooting since late 2019 before it was shut down in March. Deadline states that filming on the first two episodes was nearly complete. However, the pre-pandemic plan was for the show to go on hiatus for several months while scripts for the rest of the season was worked on, so this break has now happened earlier, and filming can continue on its original schedule.