Penny Dreadful Relocates to Los Angeles for "City of Angels"
Thanks to tax breaks from the state of California, filming for the new sequel series will take place in the city of its namesake.
By Chris Morse
The City of Angels will soon be welcoming the production of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, as state-level tax breaks have provided more than enough incentive for the network to bring the sequel series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, to its rightful location. This news was announced by the California Film Commission and later reported by Deadline.
Through the state of California’s annual relocation program, the series will receive $24.7 million in incentives to move to Los Angeles after the show’s original three-season run was produced in Dublin, Ireland. The series is expected to have a positive impact on the city’s economy, boasting an estimated $99 million on below-the-line wages and other qualified expenditures for its debut season. Showtime’s co-president of entertainment Jana Winograde had the following to say regarding the move.
Choosing where to set up production for the next chapter of the Penny Dreadful fable was one of the most important decisions we had to make, and there were many options we looked into. Shooting in California obviously has many attractions, but without the state’s Film and TV tax credit it could become cost prohibitive. We couldn’t be happier about how things worked out or the benefits it will bring to the job market.
In 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension, a grisly murder shocks the city and Detective Tiago Vega, played by Daniel Zovatto (Don't Breathe, It Follows), becomes embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles, from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism. Before long, Tiago and his family are grappling with powerful forces that threaten to tear them apart.
Currently announced cast members include Natalie Dormer as a supernatural demon named Magda, who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses, Nathan Lane (The Producers’, Modern Family) as Lewis Michener, a veteran LAPD officer as well as partner and mentor to Detective Vega, Jessica Garza (The Purge TV series, Six) as the quiet-but-overlooked sister, Josefina, Johnathan Nieves (Better Call Saul, Chicago Fire) as the volatile younger brother, Mateo, and Adriana Barraza (Drag Me to Hell, Thor) as the Vega family matriarch, Maria.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels sees series creator John Logan once again assuming his role as writer and executive producer. The show has also added original executive producers Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, alongside Michael Aguilar, with James Bagley serving as co-executive producer. Penny Dreadful regular Paco Cabezas is also confirmed to be returning to direct multiple episodes.
There's no word yet on when this series will premiere, but it's possible that we will see it hit Showtime sometime before the end of 2019. Stay tuned to Dead Entertainment for all the latest news and updates on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.