Deadly virus series ‘Station Eleven’ to shoot in Toronto

Pop Goes The News – Toronto will play host early next year to production of Station Eleven, a miniseries about a flu pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population.

Based on the 2014 novel by Canada’s Emily St. John Mandel, the 10-part series for U.S. streaming service HBO Max started filming in Chicago back in January, just as the first cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. were confirmed. 

Production will resume in Toronto in February 2021, with cameras set to roll until early July.

Station Eleven stars Canada’s Mackenzie Davis (Terminator: Dark Fate) as well as Himesh Patel (Yesterday) and Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien). Among the series’ producers is Toronto’s own Jeremy Podeswa, who will direct some episodes.

The novel, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction in 2015, is set in the Great Lakes region before and after a mysterious flu epidemic and, in fact, kicks off with a staging of King Lear at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.