HBO programming president Casey Bloys on Feb 4 disclosed that the Game of Thrones prequel will begin production in early summer, reported EW.
This news comes after nearly a year of rumors of when the HBO show will start filming. Some reports relayed that filming would start in October 2018 whereas February 2019 was even one of the predictions. However, none was confirmed by HBO.
The cast, consisting of Naomi Watts (King Kong), Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), and Denise Gough (Broadway’s Angels in America) was announced earlier.
“A prequel will not air until at least a year after GoT concludes. If green lit to series the project theoretically could be on the air in 2020 or 2021. The prequel’s showrunner is Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) based on a concept she developed with author George R.R. Martin and we hear a writers room is already up and running working on additional scripts should HBO decide to order more episodes,” said Bloys.
The whereabouts of where the production will be filmed is still unknown but some sources hinted towards Belfast, Northern Ireland.
GoT author Martin had relayed that the prequel will be rather different than the original hit show, which returns in April for its final six epsiodes.
“Westeros is a very different place. 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.”