Sources inform Deadline that the pause to allow EPs Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy a breather to finish four final scripts won’t endanger the more than $12 million in credits from California last summer. As long as a show doesn’t a hiatus of more than 120 days in total during principal photography, the incentives still flow to the show.
Break or no break, the CFC regulations say that as long as Westworld filmed at least 1-day in California within 180 days of being approved for the lucrative tax credits this summer it will still get the incentives when the season finishes.
Confirming the temporary delay, HBO said via statement:
“As we head into the final phase of production on Westworld, we’ve made the decision to take a brief hiatus in order to get ahead of the writing.”
Per Deadline, Westworld is expected to resume production on Season 1 mid-February 2016, keeping the sci-fi series out of the Cancellation Reaper’s clutches, for the time-being at least.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Westworld…