This week Lifetime’s new Shakespearean TV pilot A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Hallmark’s Signed Sealed Delivered #7, Beautiful Voice and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce season 4 started filming in Vancouver and British Columbia.
A Midsummer’s Nightmare (TV Pilot)
After the success of UnREAL, which also films in Vancouver, Lifetime is looking to continue its expansion into the scripted series bucket with a pilot for A Midsummer’s Nightmare. The story is a modern take on the Shakespeare classic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The series was pitched as an anthology with the first season centring around a group of lovers who head to the woods to fulfill their desires at the Dreamland Retreat. What was intended to be a dream getaway quickly turns out to be a nightmare as the group finds themselves stranded and being hunted by evil forces. Among them is a mysterious woman played by Courtney Love.
Here’s a roundup of the cast of A Midsummer’s Nightmare that have been announced so far:
|Actor||Role||You may know them from|
|Courtney Love||Sons of Anarchy, Revenge, Empire, Lead Singer of Hole|
|Eric Balfour||Mark||Haven, 24, Six Feet Under, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre|
|Dominic Monaghan||Mike Puck||The Lord of the Rings franchise, Lost|
|Daisy Head||Guilt, The Syndicate, When Calls the Heart|
|Jake Robinson||Daniel||American Odyssey, The Carrie Diaries|
|Paul Walter Hauser||Kingdom|
|Chelsea Gilligan||Joselin||Star-Crossed, Looking For Lions|
|Ellie Gall||Hannah||A Place to Call Home, Puberty Blues|
|Thomas Cadrot||The Tomorrow People|
|Casey Diedrick||Days of Our Lives, Eye Candy|
|Rhys Ward||The Returned, Heartland, iZombie|
|Anjali Jay||Continuum, The 9th Life of Louis Drax, The Age of Adaline|
A Midsummer’s Nightmare started production earlier this week at Port Moody’s Belcarra Park and will continue filming in Vancouver and British Columbia until November 18th.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground (TV Movie)
The next installment in Hallmark’s popular Signed, Sealed, Delivered movie series began production earlier this week. The movie is the last of the 4 which were announced by Hallmark in February this year. The previous two movies, “One in a Million” and “Lost Without You”, filmed simultaneously during April to June and aired July 23th and September 25th respectively.
The series follows a group of “POstables” (postal workers) as they take on the role of detectives. Their goal is to uncover the mysteries behind letters and packages that were never delivered and get them to their final destination. Notable cast includes Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty), Kristin Booth (Orphan Black), Crystal Lowe (Smallville) and Geoff Gustafson (Primeval: New World).
One of the first days on-location for the movie was spent on West Hastings Street in Vancouver. They filmed inside inside and on a rooftop patio at 136 West Hastings and in front of Vancouver Film School (198 West Hastings). The series has regular locations in the Squamish and Britannia Beach areas as well.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground will be filming in Vancouver and British Columbia until November 22nd.
Update 1/6/2017: Title changed to Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Higher Ground and premiere date set for Sunday, February 26th at 9pm.
Beautiful Voice (Feature)
Beautiful Voice is directed by Chuck Russell who is best known for directing The Mask, The Scorpion King and Eraser. Chuck has also directed one episode of Fringe here in Vancouver back in 2010. The story, written by Glenn Fraser, is centred around a young boy named Laith. After his mother’s death, Laith sets out for revenge. Thanks to the help of those around him, along the way Laith discovers that knowledge more powerful than violence.
There hasn’t been any official casting announcements so far.
Production of Beautiful Voice will be based out of Kamloops and it continues filming until December 1st.
Also Starting This Week
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – Season 4 (TV Series)
After just wrapping up production of season 3 last week, the second to last season of Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce started filming in Vancouver and area this week. The series stars Lisa Edelstein as Abby, a single, self-help book writer in her 40s. Abby and her friends Phoebe (Beau Garett), Delia (Necar Zadegan) and Jo (Alanna Ubach) each deal with the pros and cons of dating, friendship, family and their careers.
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Season 4 will be filming in Vancouver and British Columbia until January 23rd.
For a full list of what’s filming in Vancouver and British Columbia right now, check out our In Production page.
Wrapping Up This Week
- The Bachelorette Canada (TV Series) with Vancouver’s own Jasmine Lorimer wrapped up October 31st
- When I’m a Moth (Feature) wrapped up November 1st
- The Surrogate’s Nightmare (TV Movie) with Poppy Montgomery wrapped up November 3rd
- Treasure Hound (Feature) wraps up on November 3rd
- 1922 (TV Movie) wrapped up yesterday
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