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The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER has broken the story, so I'm now free to comment on a juicy little nugget of GAME OF THRONES news that I've been sitting on for a week or so:

Neil Marshall has been signed to direct an episode for our second season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past ten years or so, Marshall is the director of CENTURION, of DOG SOLDIERS, and -- especially -- of THE DESCENT, which I think may well be the best horror film of the past twenty years or so. (Do NOT confuse it with the sequel, a much weaker film). GAME OF THRONES will be his first foray into television.

And my comment?

That sound you hear is a high-pitched squeal of delight.

I love Marshall's work, in case you couldn't tell.

And what makes this especially exciting is that the episode he'll be directing is... mine. Yes. He's going to directing episode nine, "Blackwater." The Battle of the Blackwater.

I still don't how the hell we can possibly afford to do half of what I put into that script, but if anyone can pull off my budget-busting battle, it's Marshall.

For more about our second season directors, check out the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER story at:



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Sep. 12th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
Awesome! The Descent is one of my all time favourites and Dog Soldiers was fun as well.
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Neil Marshall is one of my favourite directors, so this is FANTASTIC news! :D
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
"...THE DESCENT, which I think may well be the best horror film of the past twenty years or so."

Could not agree more! This is exciting news, indeed! I will join your squeal of delight. Is it April 2012 yet?
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I've been under a rock, but I'm happy that you're happy. LOL!
Melody Bell
Sep. 13th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. Either way, I am awaiting the second season with bated breath! :-)
(no subject) - ytterbius - Sep. 14th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I was just barely discussing with someone how I couldn't fathom how the Battle of the Blackwater could be done in one episode. But if he pulls it off... Marshall for President of the World.
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I thought CENTURION was an excellent Robert E. Howard adaptation. He does a great job taking relatively small budgets and expanding them. Give him the harbor at Dubrovnik, and he'll give you the battle.
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Add my high-pitched squeal of delight to your own, sir. I have been a fan of Marshall's work for about a decade now (oh wow, really?) and yes, "The Descent" is easily the best horror film I've seen in a really long time. I was thrilled to hear he was directing an episode and considering his capable hands with a good battle scene, I am even more thrilled to discover it's the episode you're writing.

This made my day. Thanks for that! :oD
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I'm just over half way through A Storm of Swords and don't know if I can continue on, why George, why?!
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
That's fantastic news. I love Dog Soldiers.
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Six directors announced so far for ten episodes. Looks like they're trying to reduce the workload per director as much as possible :-)
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
That is fantastic news!
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh that's so cool. The Descent is one of the few films I've seen that totally made me forget I was in a cinema and therefore scared the crap out of me. Relentless film.

This is great news!
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Oooh! He's one of my favorite people ever!
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
OMH I adore your Huntress icon <333
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
I cannot wait for season 2!! :D
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
i am so excited!
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Budget stretching
I totally get why George is so excited about Neil. After watching his genre mashup, Doomsday, that picture looks like it was created for 3x its $33 million dollar budget. I loved that movie, even though critically it wasn't appreciated. It's post-apocolyptic slash medieval mayhem(!) at its finest.
Sep. 13th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
This is by far the most exciting news about Season 2 thus far. I think I may have actually squealed with joy.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're happy.

Count me amongst those who had never heard of him, but I'm not at all a horror watcher, so that's likely why.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
That's AWESOME! I just re-watched TD (and sequel) yesterday!
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
The episode I look forward to most... directed by a director whom I absolutely adore? I'm squealing right there with ya. :)
Serenity Wilson
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
This and that
I just spent an hour talking to my boyfriend about A Dance With Dragons and I wanted a chance to say that it is my favorite book since Game of Thrones. I know that I probably won't get an answer and that you hear this often but your writing is amazing and I love the depth that you give your characters. I made myself read as slowly as possible to make the book last a bit longer since I know it will be a while before the next one comes out but when it does I can almost guarantee that it will be my 30ish girly scream of delight that you will be hearing all the way from Georgia. I'm excited about the prospect of Marshall directing episode nine and if the second season is half as good as the first I'm going to sob when it's over! And if I am a very, very lucky lady you will be at DragonCon next September and I will have some small chance of getting your autograph on my book. Again, thank you so much for all of your hard work!

A little fan,

Serenity Wilson
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Re: This and that
Alas, I won't be at Dragoncon next year... or any year, so long as it remains on Labor Day weekend. But we've discussed that in detail in other threads.

WHich is not to say that I won't pass through Atlanta some time, maybe on my next book tour.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
I am completely against trolling and despise it when people comment to simply cause a stir, but I must ask how this warrants excitement. The episode he shoots will be great because the material, the casting, and the production team is great. Let's not forget that this is the man who made Doomsday and Centurion (2 dreary stinkers) after The Descent.
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
I thought CENTURION was terrific, m'self.

Haven't seen DOOMSDAY.
Sep. 13th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
I always love seeing a creator I admire turn into a squealing fan - makes me feel better about being a squealing fan myself.

Sep. 13th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Never heard of him - but if he does half as good a job as he did with The Decent and Dog Soldiers, I'm into it!
Sep. 13th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I just got a boner reading "budget-busting battle".
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