Update: Hemlock Grove production designer Drew Boughton tells WebPronews, “No filming has started yet, we are just starting to set up production for season 2. We are all incredibly excited to get back into the world of Hemlock Grove!” Emphasis added.
A Netflix spokesperson says, “They haven’t started production nor do they start this week…We are not starting production, nor have we started.”
Original article begins: It appears that Hemlock Grove Season 2 has either begun production or is getting ready to.
Production Designer Drew Boughton, who worked on the first season (he also worked with Eli Roth on The Man with the Iron Fists), tweeted this out last night:
— drew boughton (@drewboughton) August 5, 2013
This would lead one to believe that production is either underway, or will be very soon.
Netflix announced in June that it has renewed the show for a second season, and that it will debut sometime in 2014. The first season debuted in April, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the second season to debut around the same time next year.
Executive Producer Eli Roth said upon the show’s renewal, “The worldwide fan response to ‘Hemlock Grove’ was phenomenal. Netflix members loved the potent combination of sexy monsters, mystery, and the dark family soap opera that ended with a huge twist, leaving audiences worldwide totally shocked. Season One was just a warm up for what we have in store for season two. Get ready to be scared in ways you never expected.”
Roth spoke to The Hollywood Reporter back in April, and has this to say regarding the second season:
Eli Roth: We have the story ideas for season two, but everybody right now is focusing on making season one a success before Netflix gives us the go head for season two. But we definitely have the ideas.
THR: So you know where the story is going?
Eli Roth: Yes, and that was part of the pitch when we gave them season one. As much as I think Twin Peaks is my favorite show of all time, you can tell they never intended to solve Laura Palmer’s murder. I’ve talked about this to David Lynch and the network made him do it. And after that happened, they had to figure out a new mythology. We wanted to make sure that we had a long-term mythology that the murder at the beginning kicks off, and the murder is an excuse to dive into the world of this town of Hemlock Grove. Once that murder is solved, which it is, it opens up a much larger mythology that gets played out over several seasons. We wanted to write something that would be deep and that would give the fans something that’s worthwhile to dig into.
Gaumont International, the studio behind the show, just appointed three new executives at its LA office, including Carol Trussell, who has worked on True Blood and Gaumont’s Hannibal,. Trussell will serve as head of production, and will oversee Hemlock Grove for Netflix, according to Variety.
We’ve reached out to Boughton, Netflix and Gaumont for confirmation and/or additional details regarding production of the next season. We’ll update if we hear back.
Hemlock Grove Season 2 will have ten episodes – a few less than the the thirteen-episode first season. The show is currently up for two Emmys.