Written by Kianna Best on Feb 16, 2023. Posted in Production News

Netflix’s American Primeval to begin filming in New Mexico

New Mexico Film Office director Amber Dodson announced on 15 February that filming for Netflix’s newest series American Primeval will begin filming in New Mexico. Set to begin filming this month in and around the Santa Fe area,the action-adventure limited series will star Taylor Kitsch as lead character Isaac. With substantial employment of New Mexico natives, the production will be yet another Netflix collaboration with the state and another step on the development of New Mexico’s thriving visual industry.

Image courtesy of Ethan Wright Magoon

“‘American Primeval’ is another high-profile series calling New Mexico home,” Dodson said. “But that’s no accident. With partners like Netflix, a universe of skilled local film professionals, diverse business partners, and a sophisticated ecosystem that can sustain large productions over many seasons, there is no doubt New Mexico will benefit from this production and feel the positive economic impacts on the film workforce to local businesses and beyond.”


Set amongst the wilderness of the American West, American Primeval explores the birth of the infamous landscape and how the men and women who have stumbled across this new discovery navigate the melting pot of cultures, religions and communities. American Primeval is director and executive producer Pete Berg’s first project under his first-look deal with Netflix. Written by Mark L. Smith known for his work on projects like The Midnight Sky, The Revenant and Overlord, will serve as writer on the upcoming project alongside showrunner and executive producer Eric Newman who has worked on Dawn of the Dead and The Last Exorcism, and also worked on limited series Painkiller alongside Berg and Kitsch.


Taylor Kitsch/Image courtesy of Eric Ray Davidson

“We are very appreciative that Netflix is trusting us to take a big swing with American Primeval,” Berg commented in last year’s announcement of the series. “I’m looking forward to taking viewers into the most dynamic, intense, and heart pounding survival tale humanly possible. We are going into the belly of the beast.”


Rooted in the wilderness landscapes of New Mexico, which had most famously featured in the filming of Stranger Things’ fourth season, this latest production will employ over 4,000 New Mexicans of which 3420 will serve as background talent, 750 as crew members and 20 as principal actors.


“New Mexico’s investment in the film industry is paying dividends with this major Netflix series that will hire thousands of people and spend money at hundreds of small businesses,” EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said. “Our economic development strategies are working. We need to stay the course and continue to grow the film and media workforce to sustain larger productions and deliver more and better job opportunities for professionals in the industry today and those looking to build a career."

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