'McMafia' Season 2 Release Delayed, Filming Schedule Shifts To May 2019

James Norton is set to comeback as the Russian mob boss in "McMafia" season 2. (Photo: McMafiaSeries/Facebook)

Viewers expecting McMafia season 2 are in for a longer wait. The BBC drama series, which stars James Norton as the financial expert turned Russian mafioso Alex Goodman, will still begin production in May 2019.

Actress Maria Shukshina (as Oksana Godman) said in an interview with Metro Russia that McMafia season 2 could start filming by winter 2018. Her interview came just a couple of months after BBC confirmed that the show has been renewed for a second season.

However, winter came and went but production didn't happen as expected. There were reports in February that indicated filming for McMafia season 2 would actually begin by spring 2019. But by March, the James Norton fan site confirmed that McMafia season 2 production will not happen until May 2019. No reasons were given with regards the delay but fans took the news well since the show is finally moving forward.

McMafia debuted on BBC last January 2018. It subsequently aired on AMC after a month of its U.K. run. The show also became available for streaming on the Amazon platform for Amazon Prime subscribers all over the world.

BBC gave McMafia season 2 an eight-episode run upon its renewal. Thus, if the show were to start production in May, then the new episodes might be ready for airing by the end of 2019 or early 2020 on Amazon Prime.

By no means, however, McMafia is not an easy show to make. In an interview with Slash Film news, creator James Watkins said that they filmed in 12 countries for the first season. He also hinted that they might expand the locations for McMafia season 2, which could further extend the production schedule.

"The world of global crime is so enormous that you could follow the storylines, the characters we have or just start in a different country," Watkins said. "I'd love to explore the Far East which we haven't really done."

But BBC is willing to wait and invest in both time and money for McMafia season 2. Arguably, the first season was a massive hit for the network with seven million viewers per week.

Norton also told Entertainment Weekly that he likes working on McMafia,thus returning for a second season seemed like a given. He described the project as an eight-hour film that retained all the poignant scenes, compared to a movie that has to be condensed to two hours.

Meanwhile, the first season of McMafia can still be streamed on Amazon Prime. U.K. viewers, on the other hand, may access the show via the BBC iPlayer.

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