Apple halts filming of sci-fi series Foundation amid COVID-19 concerns

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The Apple TV+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Foundation hits a bump due to COVID-19 virus outbreak.
COVID-19 continues to impact Apple TV+ production schedules.
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A second Apple TV+ production has taken a COVID-19-related hiatus. Apple and Skydance Television closed the set of Foundation, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s science fiction trilogy.

News of the work stoppage, reported by Deadline, comes a day after Apple and the studio behind The Morning Show halted production as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Skydance, along with Apple, has made the decision to temporarily suspend filming on Foundation,” said a statement provided to Deadline. “The health and safety of our cast and crew is our top priority and we are closely monitoring the situation.”

Foundation employs more than 500 people at Troy Studios in Limerick, Ireland. Filming on the 10-episode series stopped shortly after Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called for a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors. Ireland also closed schools, colleges and other public facilities.

The statement to Deadline made no mention of timeline for a return to work. The Morning Show suspended filming for at least two weeks.

Foundation stars Jared Harris and Lee Pace and is currently Ireland’s largest-scale production, according to reports.