Stranger Things season 4 is set to restart production next week after coronavirus forced a shutdown in April.
Stranger Things is set to begin filming next week for the upcoming season 4. The prominent Netflix sci-fi/horror series originally started production for the fourth season in the spring, but the shooting was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
As a result, Stranger Things, like most other programs and features that were in development at the beginning of the year got caught in limbo for the last six months.
A short teaser trailer for Stranger Things season 4 was dropped after the original production announcement back in February, which confirmed Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, is still alive and is serving some sort of imprisonment in a remote Soviet prison camp (which many fans have previously speculated).
Hopper was considered dead by other major characters at the conclusion of Season 3, following a blast in the underground Russian base seemingly leaving no visible survivors.
Stranger Things season 4 is set to restart filming in late September.
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The final episode of last season saw many leading characters leave Hawkins, Indiana, most notably Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), alongside her two sons Will (Noah Schnapp) and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) as well as Millie Bobbie Brown‘s Eleven.
As per a recent article from Deadline, the showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer are planning to restart filming for season 4 on September 28.
The date is yet to be officially confirmed by Netflix and, considering the unpredictable nature of production in the middle of the current pandemic, the filming resumption is subject to adjustment.
However, keeping in mind the ages of many of the young, central cast members, Netflix is expected to attempt to keep the COVID-19 filming wait as brief as possible and ensure that the ages of the actors and those of their characters line up convincingly.
Stranger Things is one of the numerous big projects that plan to start filming again after taking too many months off due to the pandemic. Bringing back Stranger Things filming, however, could be much more complicated than it’s been on most other Hollywood productions.
Like every past season, season 4 of the Netflix show is looking like it’s going to be the most exciting to date. Season 3 concluded with many of its core characters in various parts of the world, giving Stranger Things Season 4 a great deal of promise to extend the current universe of the series.
However, the possibly wider scale of the season may also make shooting under the COVID-19 rules especially difficult.
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Having said that, the prospect of Stranger Things returning to production would no doubt come as thrilling news for the diehard viewers.
Since the third season debuted last year, fans are anticipating its follow-up with much expectation. The wait was all the more painful for the viewers, too, after season 3 concluded with a lot of mysteries and questions remained unresolved.
Fans have had some promising pieces of news over the past year, such as the announcement of Hopper’s comeback in season 4, but there’s still so much more for Duffer Brothers to reveal in the forthcoming season.
Considering that season 4 will start shooting next week, viewers will at least feel better knowing they’re getting closer to actually seeing the new season of Stranger Things.