Fire Breaks Out on Prague Set of History's 'Knightfall' TV Series
Despite significant damage to the sets, the Jeremy Renner-produced drama is expected to resume production on Monday.
A fire on Friday afternoon tore through a newly built backlot set for the History Channel's forthcoming Middle Ages series Knightfall at Prague's Barrandov Studios in the Czech Republic.
Dozens of firefighters, including a Czech Fire Service helicopter that dropped water on the blaze from above, struggled to contain the inferno, Tomas Krejci, founder of Prague's Milk & Honey Pictures, told The Hollywood Reporter. "[It] started a couple of hours ago and is still raging," he noted in a telephone interview, adding: "The blaze is in an outside set at Barrandov Studios, a very big set built for Knightfall, and seems to have taken a firm hold of the construction."
Though the fire is believed to have had "significant" impact on exterior sets, according to a source close to the show, no injuries were reported. Parent company A+E does not yet know the extent of the damage, but is said to be looking into the cause. In the interim, police have cordoned off the area, the Czech newspaper Hospodarske noviny reported, adding that traffic on adjoining roads was blocked at the firefighters' request.
The 10-episode drama, which counts Jeremy Renner as an executive producer and a guest star, was ordered to series in January. It is part of the cable network's continued scripted push, following the success of Vikings. Production is expected to resume on Monday.
Barrandov Studios, built in the 1930s, is the Czech Republic's leading filmmaking complex. It has hosted a raft of top Hollywood productions in recent years, including The Zookeeper's Wife starring Jessica Chastain and Underworld: Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale.