2:05pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
'The Walking Dead' Shuts Down Production Due to Hurricane Irma
Georgia-set television shows and films are shutting down production due to Hurricane Irma.
In preparation for the approaching storm — which has been downgraded from a category 5 hurricane to a tropical storm — AMC has temporarily paused shooting on The Walking Dead and upcoming dramedy Lodge 49, which both film in Atlanta. Sources say that the studio and network are monitoring the situation and will know more later on Monday or early Tuesday about when production will be able to resume.
Similarly, two of Marvel's blockbuster sequels — Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, which have set up shop at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta — are also temporarily halting production until further notice. The same goes for The CW's The Originals, which is currently filming on location in the Peach State. The vampire drama is said to be shuttering production until tomorrow when they will resume.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced a state of emergency in all of Georgia's 159 counties on Sunday, noting "heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding" are expected to hit the state in the wake of the storm. Irma passed through Florida over the weekend, but given that state's recently shuttered entertainment tax incentives program, there were virtually no TV or film productions impacted by the hurricane.
It's also worth noting that this is the second time this year that The Walking Dead has halted production on its eighth season. The hit zombie drama temporarily paused filming in July following the tragic death of stuntman John Bernecker, who fell 22 feet from a balcony onto a concrete floor. The show started up again five days later.