HBO’s cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones’ prequel has officially begun filming, according to Entertainment Weekly. The prequel is being currently filmed in Northern Ireland, the location where the original series was filmed.
S.J. Clarkson of The Defenders and Jessica Jones fame will direct the pilot episode. The big-budget spinoff is being created by Jane Goldman, the scriptwriter of Kick-Ass and Kingsman, and George R R Martin, and will be based on a story by her and Martin. The untitled show (Martin’s suggestion – The Long Night – also happens to be the title of the third episode of Game of Thrones final season) will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and chronicle the fall of the world to its darkest hour from the Golden Age of Heroes. It will delve into the lore further and unravel further secrets of Westeros.
Goldman will serve as the showrunner as well. She will also act as the executive producer alongside Martin and Game of Thrones executive producer Vince Gerardis and co-creator/executive producer Daniel Zelman. Martin had this to say to Entertainment Weekly, “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.George R R Martin
Martin also said, “three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development.” The show features an ensemble cast in Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo.
If the pilot is greenlit, the earliest that the show can air is around late 2020 but considering HBO’s preference for premieres makes the spring of 2021 a more realistic target.