Update On Filming For David Tennant’s Around The World In 80 Days “Everyone Has A Real Determination To Get Back”


Variety have provided an update on filming for David Tennant’s epic new drama series, Around The World In 80 Days. Filming on the huge production was halted in March due to the Coronavirus crisis, with all cast and crew sent home to enter lockdown. 
Earlier this month France Télévisions announced filming would be resuming, but as yet its still not gone back into production. 

David recently revealed that one episode of the eight part series is complete and that they were half way through another when filming was stopped. 
Romania, France and Italy are among the scheduled locations of its episodically-planned shoot. However, Variety reports that despite the country’s intensive lockdown due to many densely populated areas, producer Simon Crawford Collins reckons it has to return to South Africa, where cameras first rolled at Cape Town Film Studios in February.
“There are so many unknowns everywhere else,” he says. “We’re already relying on the goodwill of a big Netflix show going into the studio after us that uses the same construction manager. The cost of shutting down has been in the millions — we’ve had 24-hour security guards on our sets since February.”

David is taking on the lead role of Phileas Fogg in the adaptation of the classic novel by Jules Verne. The series has more than 100 speaking parts and Slim Film+TV is in regular talks with cast, including lead David, about their welfare and availability. Indeed, according to Crawford Collins, the one upside is that having enjoyed the experience prior to lockdown, everyone has a real determination to get back.

Around the World in Eighty Days is a Slim Film + Television and Federation co-production with additional co-production partners, Palladium Pictures in South Africa, and Daro Film, associate producer. It will air on on BBC One in the UK,
France Télévisions, Germany’s ZDF and Italy’s RAI. Seven West Media are also backing the production and are broadcasting the drama in Australia. 

Originally the series was set to be broadcast from late 2020 or early 2021. However, the ongoing delay means that production will now not be completed until the autumn at the earliest, with the hope that the show will finally hit our screens at Christmas next year. 

Find out more about the issue facing TV and Film production due to Coronavirus via Variety here

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