‘Succession’ season 3: Filming pushed to late 2020 with no pandemic storyline

The third season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed family drama, Succession, will start filming in late 2020. The delayed production, however, will not have a pandemic storyline.

Production for Succession season 3 required a push back due to the coronavirus. Creator Jesse Armstrong said that the cast and crew might likely return to work in late 2020 in New York City.

Star Brian Cox (Logan Roy) said that they are aiming for a November restart of work on the set. But it’s also highly possible that they could begin filming after the New Year. This means that the show’s hiatus from the small screen will be more than a year and a half. Succession season 2 last aired in the summer of 2019.

“We were supposed to start at the end of April,” Cox’s co-star Matthew MacFayden (Tom Wambsgans) said. “They’re hoping to start in the autumn, I suppose, but I know that a lot of shows are sort of sliding to January. I think it changes week to week — or day to day, really. Restrictions are put in place and then removed, so there are things that you can do and then you can’t do.”

Script has no major changes

Writer Lucy Prebble told British GQ that they’d done a lot of work on the scripts during the pandemic lockdown. However, they didn’t have to do major changes to the story to include a pandemic storyline.

Actress Sarah Snook (Siobhan Roy) said that if the writers were to include a story about the virus then it would be done in a delicate and classy way. But Prebble said that the public health crisis would be implied but it won’t be a central plot. She further hinted on what will be Succession season 3’s biggest story.

“I can’t say much about it, but the only thing I can say is that it was fascinating to see James Murdoch take the action that he did in publicizing that letter about [him] leaving [News Corp],” Prebble said. “And considering our season two and our season three, I can say it is an amazing and interesting event.”

Cox had coronavirus

Meanwhile, Cox confirmed that he had coronavirus but didn’t have any symptoms. The 74-year-old actor found out that he was positive for COVID-19 following a routine diabetes blood test.

His doctor congratulated him because he has the antibodies. This means he contracted the virus but didn’t know how or when, as he never felt anything.

The actor thinks that he may have had the virus while traveling in December 2019. He had sneezing attacks when he got home to Massachusetts after doing a play in London. Experts believe that the virus was already present before its first discovery in February.

Cox, however, remains healthy and is eager to start work on Succession season 3. He said that the upcoming installment would be “jolly exciting” for avid viewers.


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