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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. 13th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds like genuinely exciting news :).

I do feel a bit humbled. I consider myself a horror film savvy, yet I've never heard of The Descent. I suppose I've been lurking in the slasher genre a little too much lately.

I have some catching up to do.
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
It's really a legitimately good film which relies primarily on setting and atmosphere rather than jump scenes. Be sure to get the real version with the full ending rather than the ruined American one.
Billy Wilde
Sep. 13th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yara Greyjoy?
It's still 'Yara' then, is it? Grrr!
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Neil Marshall is the man!
I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that he got the job!!! Not only is he a great catch for HBO, but for "Game Of Thrones" in particular, especially that he has the chance to direct Episode 9, I believe, "Blackwater"!?!?! I think that you and him are a perfect fit. There are few directors that I think can really interpret visually what you put on paper (we were fortunate enough to have most of them on the show). Neil Marshall is one of them, his direction, visuals, cinematography, editing etc., matches the same vivid, graphic and intense style of writing that so wonderfully colours the novels of "A Song Of Ice And Fire".

My copy of "Centurion" is getting worn-out because in one way or another I find myself watching that movie every few weeks, and never get tired of it, and that in my book is a good sign! As you are a fan of the movie, you know his capabilities to direct a battle scene...proof of that is the attack on the Ninth Legion and its subsequent destruction by the Picts. That was a very visceral and wild action sequence, which is on par with many large budget Hollywood movies I've seen.

Given the relatively low budget and limited resources available he did a tremendous job with "Centurion", still giving it an epic feel and a great sense of scale. Plus he worked with Liam Cunnigham and Michael Fassbender and McNulty himself, Mr. Dominic West! Can't get any better than that!

So I personally think that we are in very good and capable hands, whatever limitations there are in this case on "Blackwater", I'm sure that with good camera work, creativity and imagination he should be able to overcome them and more!

Good move!
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Just to add...if you haven't seen "Doomsday", you should. Its a pretty cool movie, a combination of sci-fi, horror and good old grindehouse... Plus Rhona Mitra...wow!

I'm curious if you see the movie and see Rhona Mitra (the lead actress) if you could envision her as any of your characters?
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yes! Awesome news fix of the day! :)
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Most excellent news
The first thing I thought when I read that Marshall was being brought in was, "He'd be great to direct the Battle of Blackwater." He's wonderful with dark and atmospheric. As a horror fanatic, it's nice to see a film like "The Descent," which can genuinely freak you out without simultaneously insulting your intelligence.
Sep. 13th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Excuse me while I go into an unoccupied office and scream like a twelve-year-old girl at a Bieber concert.
Sep. 13th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
How awesome! I'm so excited for you, and can't wait to see the second season!!
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
He's directing your "Blackwater"!? OMG that is going to be EPIC!!! Truly, truly epic. Plus, the things we can do these days with computers, I think he can pull it off without spending a ton of money, or actually burning anything with wildfire!
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Hope Blackwater will be truly awesome as it deserves to be!
Sep. 15th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring
Dear Mr. Martin, I can only hope to live long enough to read your next two novels. Please, do your best and hurry up! With my warmest regards and best wishes - your ardent reader, Margaret from Warsaw
Sep. 15th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Hello, mr. Martin!
I don't know whether you'll answer me or not. I've just found your blog (and surely have subscribed) and I'm surprised how freely and easy you connect with your readers. I just wanted to say that I'm russian and I read your book in english (storm of swords now) and your language is incredible. I enjoy each page and I feel that my knowing of English is improving each day with each chapter. Thank you for that. Here is the question. When do you plan to finish and publish last two books? I'm intersted because I have a small hope that I will not be able to finish my reading until that moment, and thus have my reading of "Ice&Fire" non-stopping.
Sep. 15th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Map of the World
Hi George,

Sorry .. I'm not sure how best to contact you so I will leave a message here :)

I was recently commissioned by a couple down in the states to do a Map of the Lands in your book series. I believe a few weeks ago at a convention they managed to get you to sign a copy for themselves and to give you a copy of the map. From what they told me you enjoyed the rendition of your world that I made :) Which to say the least made me very happy. Can't tell you how excited and nervous I was about it :) I'm a big fan of the Tv Show and my Girlfriend is too and is currently reading the series :) Either way I thought I would introduce myself and just pass my support for you and your series :)

All the Best
Ron & Lindsay
Sep. 19th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
That's great, but...
That's great, but I'm surprised: why call the episode "Blackwater"? Why not "A Clash of Kings"? Seems appropriate! :)
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