Pre-production on The Walking Dead season 11 stops amid coronavirus fears

Samantha Morton as Alpha - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC
Samantha Morton as Alpha - The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Jace Downs/AMC /

Season 11 of The Walking Dead could see a delay as pre-production on the upcoming season halts amids concerns over novel coronavirus.

Writers have been preparing for the new season of The Walking Dead as the second half of season 10 airs on Sunday nights. AMC announced on Friday afternoon that pre-production of The Walking Dead’s eleventh season will stop amid concerns over the novel coronavirus, which could delay the timely arrival of the new season in the fall.

Season 11 of The Walking Dead is currently in development, with writers working to create the stories that will guide the new season. With the delays announced today, it could mean that the premiere of season 11 will be pushed back until late fall or even early 2021 depending on when the hiatus lifts. AMC notes that the plan right now is to have a three to four week break, but they will need to re-evaluate as the situation develops.

Thankfully, though, the writers are able to work remotely, so the only delays in production will come with filming. Scripts will continue to develop in the meantime, and plans for production will be updated as AMC learns more about coronavirus and its impact.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond wrapped filming in December 2019 and the full first season should run as planned beginning April 12. The limited series’ freshman season consists of 10 episodes, so fans can rest assured that barring any changes from AMC, the whole first season should still be available to carry TWD fans through the spring.

However, Fear the Walking Dead was in the middle of filming for season 6 when production was halted. The show started filming in December 2019 and was set to take a filming break in the coming weeks, so this delay is only a few weeks longer than the originally scheduled hiatus. At this time there is no indication of whether or not the delay will push back the season 6 premiere.

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