As many of you were waiting for filming to start up on This Guest of Summer, Graham McTavish’s project with Paul Kavanagh, and many actors from both The Hobbit and Outlander series, delays in filming due to location changes were bumping production out into 2020. The this thing called the COVID pamdemic hit and filing all over the world shut down. Is this production many of the fans have been waiting for fated to sit on the shelf another year?
In the Fall of 2019, we were told that funding had been secured for production, and it was explained to many of us initial Indiagogo contributors that the monies we pledged were just for start up costs. Production had moved to the UK as filming was more cost effective. We thought we had something solid going again, alowing for productions ther actors were working on. Adding in production conflicts for all involved, was COVID 19 and McTavish’s commitment to Men In Kilts that killed TGOS filming? Or is it just shelved for another year? Inquiring minds want to know.
Recent searches for the now removed Facebook pages show it has been removed. Indeed, Graham’s own Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2018 or so. IMDb shows the production is slated for a November 2021 release date and that it is still in pre-production. You can still see the Indieagogo page here.
Jacki Lippman, posted on the Indiagogo page in August to “Hang In There”.
So, here’s hoping that the production is just waiting for the industry to get going again, which may be some months. Recent large productions, such as Batman, have had to shut down because actors, in this case Robert Pattinson in the reboot, have caught COVID-19. It may be spring 2021 before any new filming can begin.
Incidentally, I contacted Lippman through the Indiagogo links and am waiting for a response. I made suggestions that videos with some of the actors lamenting the recent setback might be fun for us fans. Here’s hoping.
Graham McTavish on Radio New Zealand Podcast