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Netflix's The Witcher may soon resume production

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Henry Cavill may soon have to go back to work. The star of The Witcher has been passing time painting Warhammer miniatures (opens in new tab) and appearing in memes since production of the show was paused because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a Deadline (opens in new tab) report says that major studios in the UK, including the one where the Netflix series is filmed, are getting ready to resume work.

The first season of The Witcher was filmed primarily in Hungary, although locations in Spain and Poland were also used. Production was moved to the UK for The Witcher season two (opens in new tab) but was put on hold (opens in new tab) in March, right around the time that Kristofer Hivju, the former Game of Thrones star who joined the series for the second season, revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 (opens in new tab).

A separate report by The Guardian (opens in new tab) says the British Film Commission and British Film Institute have put together guidelines on physical distancing, safety training, and temperature testing, which have been approved by government authorities, but it remains up to individual companies to decide how and when to resume work. At least two production studios in the UK have already resumed work, and managing director Bob Terry said that efforts to reopen Arborfield Studios, including the finalization of new safety procedures, are now underway.

There's no official word from Netflix on a possible imminent resumption of The Witcher. Cavill, however, recently signaled that he's ready to get back to work.

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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.