As in the dystopian fictional world of The maid’s tale In real life, one of the biggest hurdles in the upcoming fourth season of the Hulu drama was entering Canada.
Although for the series starring Elisabeth Moss, that kind of barricade was more about the coronavirus pandemic than escaping from a totalitarian theocracy.
“Honestly, the biggest change is that it was difficult to get our cast to Canada to film.” Maid admitted showrunner Bruce Miller during today’s TCA virtual panel for the show.
The series based on Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed 1985 novel has been filmed in and around Toronto since its first season.
Forced to shut down like almost all other productions around the world due to the growing Covid-19 crisis last year, when the Maid tale Increased last fall the fact that he was filming north of the border became a deal breaker in some ways.
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Trying to contain the pandemic, Canada closed its doors to the United States early on when cases surfaced in the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. Even though Canadian citizens and essential workers, who were designated entertainment industry professionals, were able to travel to the Great White North, provinces like Ontario had mandatory 14-day quarantines until very recently.
“So we had to keep people out of episodes simply because they didn’t have enough time on their schedule,” Miller added of the consequences that policy had on Maid production. “I mean, people are very nice to come and fly for a working day in Canada from anywhere. Many of our cast members like Clea DuVall, these people who work really hard on other shows. So that was the biggest change. “
Of course, even as escaping to Canada from despotic Gilead plays an important role in the world of MaidTravel was not the only area where the coronavirus had an impact on the program.
“Definitely, a lot of things had to be changed on the show,” Miller said. “Just the practical realities of producing and doing the show on the ground were very, very difficult, but the people in front of the camera, for the most part, we tried … to protect that space.”
“We reduced the amount of people in scenes and locations, as if where we decided to shoot was a big question because sometimes we couldn’t get things,” stated the executive producer and executive producer as fellow EPs Moss and Warren Littlefield watched and nodded. “Sometimes we had five people in front of the camera, sometimes we could have 20 people in front of the camera. So we were constantly making adjustments to the script and the story throughout the season. “
With Moss also behind the camera directing three episodes for the first time, the 10-episode fourth season of The maid’s tale It will debut with a trio of episodes on April 28 on the Disney-controlled streamer. Having finished today, Moss directed the third episode, which Miller wrote, as well as episodes eight and nine.
It continues to extract elements from Atwood’s book and has the rights to its sequel published in 2019. Testaments, The maid’s tale it was renewed by Hulu for a fifth season in December. However, Miller made it clear today that he didn’t really envision the end of the Emmy Award-winning show.
“As long as Lizzie does this with me, I’ll keep going,” Miller joked with laughs from Moss and Littlefield. “There is a lot of life in this story. I’m certainly fascinated by what happens in the Testaments and if that’s going to be a part of our future, that’s a bigger question. “
The Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Bradley Whitford, Ann Dowd and Max Minghella co-starring Handmaid’s is executive produced by Moss, Miller, Littlefield, Daniel Wilson, Fran Sears, Eric Tuchman, John Weber, Frank Siracusa, Sheila Hockin, Kira Snyder, and Yahlin Chang.