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Winter Is Coming... to HBO

At last it can be told.

The news has finally been made public, so I'm finally free to whoop and holler and share the great news -- the HBO pilot of A GAME OF THRONES will start filming in October, in Northern Ireland. The announcement was made in Belfast. Here you go:

http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news/news-ofmdfm/news-ofmdfm-210409-hbo-to-film.htm

Yes, I'm thrilled. Ireland should be a great place to film. And the facility we'll be using, the Paint Hall, is amazing as well:

http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/page.asp?id=211

Before it was a film studio, the Paint Hall was part of Belfast's famous Harland & Wolff Shipyards, where the TITANIC and many other ships were constructed. The facility is pretty titanic as well. Of course, all of us connected with A GAME OF THRONES are hoping we'll fare somewhat better on our own maiden voyage.

Yes, Parris and I will be going over to Ireland this fall to see at least part of the filming. Not for the whole shoot, alas, I don't have time for that... but we have to be there for at least part of it. Maybe we'll see some of you in a Belfast pub.

There's lots of other exciting news on the pilot as well, but nothing I can share. Sorry, lips are sealed. You'll have to wait for Mr. Benioff and Mr. Weiss... and HBO.

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jupiter_star
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh YAY! I'm going to be there when filming starts! JOY!!!
mladshii
Apr. 22nd, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Hurray and congrats!
twistedsheets10
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
YESYESYESYESYES!

Congrats, guys!
madbard
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
This is not terrible news.
arthegarn
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Yippie!
I can't wait to know about the cast!
uc_rommel
May. 2nd, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Yippie!
I expect to pickup HBO for this series. I hope others do, as well.

Please tell me that the casting will be done based upon acting, not just young Annakin (worst actor I've ever seen?) looking like a young Luke. Ireland sounds like it could work well for a good portion, but I wonder if it will work better to have the Wall or some of the warmer scenes somewhere else.

Have the producers asked if you could speed up the final 3 installments? Is the expected time line still about 1 series (year) per book? Has working with your friend helped to resolve any issues? I suspect that he knows and loves (or is it fears?) the Fire and Ice trilogy (most readers I know also love it) and will help you wordsmith some of the areas to help bring the life in the other realm back to life in your novels.
iuztheevil
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Congratulations. I can't wait to see how this turns out. And to think, I was considering canceling HBO... and then they go and renew my faith in great television.
kythsharrie
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Oh this is great news! I can't wait to hear more about it and find out who is acting as who! :D Thank you, George!
sonsofspartacus
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
So glad to hear it.
elundin
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
First!!!
Ooooooh tell tell tell! Give us more to drool over! Can't wait to get more info! I'll start digging the Internetz!
albin_
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Hurrah! At last!
bibliofile
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Excellent news! I hope this also means that you'll be able to pay all your bills for another month or two. (I like it when authors don't, like, starve.)
ragdoll
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Congratulations! It's so exciting to hear that it's been greenlit and is now in pre-production. Can't wait to hear some of the casting news which I suspect is some of the news you can't share for now. Out of curiosity, do you have any say in casting whatsoever?
misstopia
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Way to twist the knife with that last comment there ;) But great news anyway!
magistera
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
HOLY CRAP YAY

...can you at least tell us if the casting is good? *chivvies*
jere7my
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
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