One might think that when a new production is established in New Zealand, it is perhaps because of a the Lord of the Rings affecting. The Peter Jackson trilogy was a big reason many movies and shows moved to the small island nation and filmmakers admitted its influence, but an unlikely trailblazer emerged. For Netflix’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation Sweet tooth the streamer settled in the country, but that had nothing to do with capturing the magic of the landscape as seen in Middle-earth, it was more about replicating the woods found in the remake of 2013 by Sam Raimi evil Dead. Yes really.
Speaking to ComicBook.com during the series’ junket (which we rated a 5 out of 5), showrunner and executive producer of the series Jim Mickle revealed that the decision to shoot in New Zealand was twofold, finding the good times and capture a particular look found in Fede Álvarez’s Evil Dead. “Originally it was a very practical decision because we were going to shoot, I think in the winter in the United States, and suddenly Warner Brothers was like, ‘This is not going to work. We have to find a place that is going to be summer right now. And I’ve always loved how New Zealand looks on camera, and I’m a huge fan of the evil Dead remake, the way it looked, the way the antlers looked. And so we had this DP, Aaron Morton, shot our pilot and we shot a lot of those same woods. Because there’s a Grimm’s fairy tale flavor to the way everything looks like it. “
He added, “The reality was when we filmed it was the opposite, and we went back and did the summer in the States, and we were suddenly filming over there in the winter, but we got it. just adopted it, and that’s such a big part of the show. “
Filming in New Zealand had another advantage for production as they were able to resume filming thanks to the government’s strict response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ironically, the series is also about a virus that is destroying society.
Sweet tooth stars Christian Convery as Gus, Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jepperd, Adeel Akhtar as Dr Aditya Singh, Aliza Vellani as Rani Singh, Stefania LaVie Owen as Bear, Dania Ramirez as Aimee Eden, Neil Sandilands as Abbot General, Will Forte as Father, and James Brolin as narrator.
The first season of Sweet tooth releases on Netflix on June 4.