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Now It Can Be Told

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:



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!


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