Paapa Essiedu films Extinction in Bristol

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Sky logo New drama Extinction, one of the raft of Sky Originals announced this week, has begun filming in Bristol with Paapa Essiedu. 

The eight-part series is from writer Joe Barton and Urban Myth Films, in association with Sky Studios with assistance from the Bristol Film Office.

Described as a “gripping exploration of memory, fate, and the limits of love”, the thriller follows the story of a man who begins to re-live time after witnessing the world end. When George (Essiedu) is recruited into an organisation of people who share his ability and harness it to stop global catastrophes, George goes rogue in a bid to save the woman he loves. 

Barton also exec produces alongside Urban Myth’s Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. Adam Knopf produces; Marco Kreuzpaintner directs. 

Urban Myth has used Bristol as a filming base for other high-profile shows such as two series of Fox TV’s War of the Worlds and Netflix sci-fi drama The One.  

Laura Aviles, senior film manager, Bristol City Council, says: “It’s great to welcome Urban Myth Productions back to Bristol for this shoot. We’ve started the year on a very strong footing for production in Bristol with robust Covid-19 safety protocols in place for productions to follow whilst filming on the street and the Bristol Film Office team on hand to help ensure that shoots run smoothly. 

“With the worldwide appetite for screen content stronger than ever, this fast-growing sector is going to be a crucial part of national and regional economic recovery and as a location, Bristol’s film friendly infrastructure is well placed to cater for that demand.” 


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