And just like that, the world is one step closer to having Riverdale back. Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa posted a photo to Instagram Sunday night revealing that filming was set to get underway on Monday, Sept. 14. Aguirre-Sacasa wrote:
“After fourteen days of quarantining 🇨🇦 and months of prep, #Riverdale Season 5 starts shooting tomorrow. Spent the night in the bubble, reminiscing with these lovely people and celebrating @lilireinhart 24th birthday 🎂 How time flies. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the gang this week. Here we go….”
Deadline had previously reported that Riverdale would begin filming on Sept. 14 and now that report has officially come to pass – Riverdale is in production once again, finally. The show previously had to cut production on season 4 short in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. That season concluded with episode 19, “Killing Mr. Honey,” which was never intended to serve as a finale.
Production on season 5 will have to follow the guidelines set forth by the provincial and national governments of British Columbia and Canada. According to the guidelines, the stars must self-isolate for two weeks before filming, cast and crew must socially distance, and PPE must be worn. Canada has experienced over 137,000 total cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began but made news two days ago by reporting no deaths in a 24-hour period since March.