Production on the second season of AMC’s Interview with the Vampire is set to resume in Prague much sooner than anticipated. AMC Networks has struck a rare deal with SAG-AFTRA to complete production on Interview with the Vampire in Prague despite the ongoing actors’ strike, which does not have a resolution on the horizon.
AMC Networks has agreed with SAG-AFTRA to resume production on the second seasons of both Interview with the Vampire and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon in Europe, according to Deadline. The agreement is for these shows only, and not the rest of the network’s production slate.
Interview with the Vampire has about six weeks left on its production schedule in Prague. The timing of the deal means that the show should* be able to complete filming in the Czech capital this fall, before the weather turns and results in complications. Remaining production is expected to include filming in exterior locations.
Exactly when Interview with the Vampire may be able to resume filming in Prague is not known. In the past, American productions interrupted by the pandemic took months to return to the Czech capital, even after regulations had been eased and production agreements reached.
Given that Interview with the Vampire will be one of the very few major projects filming during the strike, however, and that primary cast and crew should not have any significant scheduling complications, the production could be expected to return to the Czech Republic considerably sooner.
Interview with the Vampire, an adaptation of the Anne Rice novel that spawned a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, began production of its second season in Prague after shooting its first in New Orleans. The series’ second season stars Sam Reid, Jacob Anderson, Delainey Hayles, Eric Bogosian, Assad Zaman.
In the Czech capital, Interview with the Vampire has shot at Prague’s Barrandov Studio along with locations in the city center that include areas near Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and the historic Estates Theatre. The Czech capital is playing WWII-era Paris in the series, among other locales.
Foundation had a significant amount of work, about three months, remaining in its production schedule. Tomáš Krejčí, head of Prague Studios where Foundation had been filming, told media the studio had to let 1,700 employees go due to the strike.
The other major series filming in Prague this summer, the third season of Amazon Studios’ The Wheel of Time, has continued production despite the actors’ strike. The second season of The Wheel of Time premieres on Amazon Prime Video today.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will premiere its first season on September 10. It filmed in Paris and surrounding areas of France. A location for its second season, which has now been cleared to begin filming this fall, has yet to be specified, but will also be in Europe.
According to Deadline, the deal reached by AMC Networks to resume filming on Interview with the Vampire and The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is the most significant to be reached during the actors’ strike. Other series that have reached agreements with SAG-AFTRA to continue filming include Netflix’s The Chosen, Apple TV+’s Tehran, and Hal & Harper, an indie production starring Mark Ruffalo and Lili Reinhart.