The Game Of Thrones prequel pilot finally has a shooting start date. The so far untitled undertaking will start filming in “early summer“, HBO programming president Casey Bloys told EW. This news comes after nearly a year of speculation about when the prequel to HBO’s greatest hit will begin shooting.
At a certain point there were reports that filming would begin last October, and afterward another report anticipated a February begin date — none were affirmed by HBO, be that as it may.
This announcement follows the prequel landing director SJ Clarkson (Jessica Jones) a month ago and revealing its full cast — which is driven by Naomi Watts (King Kong), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), and Denise Gough (Broadway’s Angels in America).
Bloys has recently said that a prequel won’t air until at least a year after Game Of Thrones concludes. We can expect it to premiere in 2020 or 2021. The prequel’s showrunner is Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) and she has created the concept for the show with George R.R. Martin.
There’s no official word yet on where the prequel will film, however the presumption has been that it will make use of Game Of Thrones’s built up command post in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
We don’t know much about the prequel’s story, which is formally depicted as:
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.” The show’s title is rumored to be The Long Night, but that’s not confirmed.
Martin has recently disclosed to EW that the prequel will be different than Game Of Thrones, which returns in April for its last six epsiodes.
“Westeros is a very different place” he said. “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series.”