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Lord Of The Rings, Cowboy Bebop Both Continue Production In New Zealand

Lord of the Rings and Cowboy Bebop are heading back.

Slowly, but surely, Hollywood is working to figure out this whole COVID-19 thing. Without a doubt, the pandemic hit the industry in an awful way, but after several months of delays, they seem to have found out how to film big productions without endangering the lives of the cast and crew. And with that, we are seeing tons of big-budget films and shows get back in front of cameras. Now, you can add to huge ones to the list.

Deadline is reporting that The Lord of the Rings from Amazon Studios has just resumed in New Zealand. This comes following its delay last March, where they only managed to get the first two episodes of the season in the can. From the sound of it, the series will forgo the previously-planned four to five-month hiatus between Seasons 1 and 2, so there’s is much work to be done.

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, Hiroyuki Okiura
Shown: Spike Spiegel

This isn’t the only series set to resume. Cowboy Bebop, the long-awaited Netflix anime adaptation, is also getting started up again this Wednesday. This was a special case since it wasn’t delayed due to COVID. Instead, it was the injury of its star, John Cho, that led to its shutdown. Of course, the delay only lengthened with the onset of the pandemic, but it doesn’t sound like the series was nearly as impacted as countless others.

While one of these projects is standard high fantasy, while the other is a space western, both were able to benefit from New Zealand’s defeat of the coronavirus. Thanks to its strict restrictions, it was able to pretty much eradicate it, which is great for productions hoping to continue work. Needless to say, they will need to abide by the country’s health and safety protocols.

Are you happy to see The Lord of the Rings and Cowboy Bebop both head back into production? Sound off in the comments down below!

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