June 18, 2019
Filming for a Game of Thrones prequel has officially begun. A pilot will be filmed this summer in hopes of finding an order for the series.
The filming location is in Northern Ireland, which Game of Thrones has used as a production hub for the entirety of its run. It is unknown if the prequel will film in other locations.
Showrunner Jane Goldman, George R.R. Martin, and director S.J. Clarkson will develop the prequel. The storyline is set to take place roughly 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones, according to Martin.
“Westeros is a very different place,” Martin 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.”
The show is set to star Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp, and Tony Regbo.
Martin has hinted at the show being titled “The Long Night,” which would share a title with the third episode of Game of Thrones’s final season. If the series is picked up, the earliest likely air date will be in late 2020, with spring 2021 being a more likely air fate, seeing that’s when HBO premiered Game of Thrones seasons.
– MK. III