Westworld and SWAT Production Shut Down by California Wildfires


The large wildfires broke out in Southern California for the second time in two months.

HBO's big-budget drama Westworld and S.W.A.T, a crime series, both announced that filming had been suspended as fires raged through a 60-mile area close to Los Angeles. Officials in nearby Ventura County have issued a mandatory evacuation of 27,000 people as the wind-driven Thomas Fire spread to the Pacific town.

Both series films near Santa Clarita, where the Rye Fire is now raging.

"Due to nearby wildfires, Westworld stopped production earlier today and will resume filming as soon as it's safe to do so", according to an HBO statement.

A Santa Clarita Studios employee told Deadline this morning that the facility's internet was down, apparently because of the fire.

A representative at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind "S.W.A.T.", also confirmed the production delay to CNN. "Be safe, folks." Evan Rachel Wood also posted photos of storms and fire-breathing dragons on Instagram, adding the caption: "Meanwhile, at work today".

Though we may not be getting Game of Thrones 8 next year, we will be getting the second season of HBO's fantastic Westworld.

"S.W.A.T." Season 1, starring Shemar Moore, continues with Episode 6, airing December 7 on CBS.

"S.W.A.T.", which averages 10.36 million viewers per episode, stars Shemar Moore. CBS ordered additional episodes of the well-performing series last month.