Nomadic Pictures and Dynamic Television have re-started production on the fifth and final season of Netflix and Syfy thriller Van Helsing, marking what is believed to be the first drama to return to filming in Canada.
The show is still expected to premiere this fall with 13 new episodes, which will wrap the vampire-led story.
The first three episodes of the new season were filmed on-location in Slovakia in January and February, before production was shut down on 15 March due to Covid-19. The series, which is now into its fourth week of production in total, will complete filming of the remaining 10 episodes in Kamloops and Vancouver, Canada.
The final season will also feature new cast members, with Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy), Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), and Steve Bacic (Andromeda) joining the drama, which airs on Syfy in the US, on SuperEcran in Quebec, Canada, and globally on Netflix.
“The safe and efficient return to production is a result of 12 weeks of tireless efforts on behalf of our entire executive team, producers, writers, directors and crew,” said Chad Oakes, executive producer & co-chairman of Nomadic.
Michael Frislev, also exec producer and co-chairman of Canada-based Nomadic, added: “We started on our Covid protocols and PPE collection shortly after shutting down. The entire cast and crew have been through our Covid safety training and were tested prior to going to camera. Our extensive and detailed protocols have been blessed by all BC [British Columbia] unions, guilds, ActSafe BC and WorkSafe BC. We are ready and look forward to a safe and successful shoot.”