Earlier this week Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) teased the start of production for Westworld’s second season. While cast and crew have hinted that work on the series would begin this summer (likely July), we haven’t had any concrete details about the schedule. Thankfully, Fox 13 News out of Salt Lake City has provided some answers!
The news channel obtained documents from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development that indicate Westworld will begin filming on location in October. Shooting will wrap at the end of November, with post-production continuing through the end of April 2018. The cast and crew will likely spend the summer months filming in studio.
Several stunning locales were featured in season one, such as the beautiful vista of Dead Horse Point State Park (shown in the above photo). The park was also used for exterior shots of the Westworld Control Center. A drive down State Route 128 – outside Arches National Park – provides views of many show landmarks. Most significantly, it takes you along the route the guests use to enter the park itself. Other locations, such as Castle Valley and Fisher Valley (pictured below), are used primarily for panoramic and overhead shots.
Westworld has been a huge economic boon for the state of Utah. In an effort to encourage further filming in the state, the Office of Economic Development has offered up to $780,000 in tax credits, provided Westworld meets certain criteria. Projections indicate the show could spend as much as $3.1 million during production.
We still don’t know the 2018 premiere date, but perhaps Westworld could start sooner than its October time slot? It likely depends upon the schedule for the final season of Game of Thrones, as HBO won’t want to overlap two of its biggest hits.
What do you think Westworld fans? Are you excited that season 2 filming is almost underway?