The Netflix sequel to the History drama, Vikings has resumed filming in Ireland after the shooting was suspended, due to a number of false-positive COVID-19 checks, Valhalla.
Sorry to disappoint all our Viking enthusiasts, but we have had to close the @KingofVikingsVR due to Level 3 of COVID-19 restrictions for three weeks. We'll see you all then, so that you can support your local cultural institutes. @ancienteastIRL @Failte_Ireland @VisitWaterford pic.twitter.com/e8v9l2WBUS
— King of the Vikings (@KingofVikingsVR) October 7, 2020
The Deadline acknowledges that shooting resumed yesterday in Ashford Studios after it was put to halt earlier this week. A number of cast and crew were confirmed to have tested positive at the time, but it emerged that a number of the tests that were obtained were false positive.
The series, produced by MGM, had a thorough process of testing and casting and crew testing multiple times a week. If someone is reported with a positive result they must stay quarantined before coming back to work. Safety precautions and touch tracking and have kept the show in production when they do.
The news was first reported by the Irish Times.
Last year, Valhalla was created by the streamer, a sequel to a series running on Netflix for six seasons. The initial order is for 24 episodes and comes from Michael Hirst, producer of Vikings.
Vikings: Valhalla starts 100 years after the original series ends and dramatizes the exploits of the most prominent Vikings who ever lived: Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror (also a Viking descendant). Written and executive produced by feature writer Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), as they fight for survival in an ever-changing Europe, these men and women will blaze fresh paths. This is the next eruptive chapter in the Vikings’
Stuart executive produces with Vikings executive producers Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan for MGM Television.