FRIDAY UPDATE: Production has restarted
It’s a new year, but it still feels like 2021, with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, and it is again impacting the production of new Star Trek.
After the pandemic delayed the start of production for many months, filming for the second season of Star Trek: Picard wrapped up in early September 2021. In order to make up for the time lost they just kept going, moving straight into season three the next day. Production returned this week after the traditional holiday hiatus, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, they had to shut down on Monday due to over 50 members of the production testing positive, which is just over 10% of the show’s large 450 person crew. TrekMovie has also independently confirmed the production pause.
COVID protocols have film productions split into zones, but according to the report the infections spread across multiple zones, including cast in Zone A, although which members of the cast were not indicated. According to Deadline, Patrick Stewart has not tested positive.
The Omicron Variant has seen a major increase in infections, which has prompted some productions to delay restarting after the holiday break. The Picard production remains shut down currently but according to reports also confirmed by TrekMovie, filming is expected to resume next week, if not sooner.
Strange New Worlds season 2?
Industry reports indicate that Paramount+ is readying to go back into production for the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in Toronto, Canada. The latest info sets a start date in less than four weeks. Just yesterday Ontario enacted a new lockdown order for many businesses, for now film production is still being allowed. In 2021 both Discovery and Strange New Worlds had positive COVID cases during production, and Discovery also had to temporarily pause filming.
Goldberg tests positive
Whoopi Goldberg, who reprises her TNG role as Guinan for the second season of Picard, revealed earlier this week that she too had tested positive for COVID. She has not yet returned to the set of her daily talk show The View, but yesterday she did appear remotely from her home to talk about her diagnosis.
TrekMovie will continue to monitor this story and provide updates when available.
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