Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard says that the season 4 production was ahead of schedule before they had to shutdown due to the current pandemic. Since premiering in 2016, Stranger Things has been one of Netflix’s most popular and acclaimed original programs, setting viewership records and earning numerous awards accolades. Considering its success over its three seasons to date, it’s no surprise Netflix is busy working on Stranger Things season 4, building off of season 3’s cliffhanger ending and continuing the story in exciting fashion.
Stranger Things season 4 started filming earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic took a turn for the worse. When the spread of COVID-19 forced the entertainment industry to shut down, Stranger Things season 4 was one of the many projects indefinitely put on hold. It was only a month into production when the delay happened, meaning there’s still a lot of work left to be done. Fortunately, however, the crew was working pretty efficiently prior to the lockdown.
Wolfhard spoke about the new season’s production progress in an interview with The Guardian. He described the sudden shutdown, revealing the general mood of the cast and crew:
“It was perfect. We were ahead of schedule, which has never happened before, because there’s never a realistic approach to scheduling, and then boom, it just stopped, and everyone had to go home, and everyone’s just so sad…”
After months of shutdown, multiple movies and TV shows are gearing up to resume production soon, including Jurassic World 3 and The Witcher. That potentially bodes well for Stranger Things season 4 starting back up in the near future, especially if these other restarts go off without a hitch.
Stranger Things season 4 was previously planned for an early 2021 release, but that’s highly unlikely now. But thanks to Wolfhard’s comments, hopefully the Stranger Things team will be well on their way to completing season 4 when they get back, and any delay isn’t too severe.