Production on the second season of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle was brought to a screeching halt Thursday in the wake of showrunner Frank Spotnitz‘s abrupt exit, our sister site, Deadline, reports.
Apparently, the veteran of The X-Files had recently clashed with the streaming service over his lack of hands-on involvement in Season 2. In the wake of his hasty exit, no new showrunner is being hired during the hiatus (which could last up to two weeks); rather, the rest of the production team will step in and absorb Spotnitz’s duties.
No longer tied to the Vancouver-shot drama, the Europe-based writer/producer is currently working closer to home on another series, Medici: Masters of Florence, starring Dustin Hoffman as the Italian cardinal and Games of Thrones alum Richard Madden as his son, Cosimo.
High Castle — a streaming record-breaker based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 alt-history novel — was renewed for a 10-episode second season back in December of 2015. New episodes of the series, which stars Alexa Davalos and Luke Kleintank, were expected to debut later this year.
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