EntertainmentWeekly has revealed that filming has started this week on HBO’s untitled Game of Thrones prequel pilot (working titled confirmed to be Bloodmoon and was formerly referred to internally as The Long Night) that was written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) and will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Doctor Who), if the pilot goes to series Goldman will continue to be the showrunner and is expected to keep writing other episodes.

Filming has quietly begun on the untitled follow-up to HBO’s fantasy sensation, which is shooting a pilot this summer in hopes for a series order.

The shooting location is a familiar one: Northern Ireland, which served as the production of hub for GoT during its entire run. It’s not yet clear if the prequel will also shoot in other countries as well.

Filming will be taking place primarily at Paint Hall/Titanic Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was the homestead studio location for the last eight seasons of Game of Thrones. It remains to be seen if we’ll see them shoot in other countries for the pilot or if they’ll wait until they get the series order from HBO as a way to save some production costs, as shooting in multiple countries can be pricey.

The new show is said to be set thousands of years in the past and this was reaffirmed by the following statements made by George R.R. Martin to EntertainmentWeekly a while back.

“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.”

There is also talk that we may learn the origin of the white walkers in Bloodmoon.

The pilot’s cast consists of Naomi Watts, Georgie Henley, Jamie Campbell Bower, Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, Denise Gough, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo, John Simm, Dixie Egerickx, John Hefferman, Ivanno Jeremiah, Richard McCabe, and Marquis Rodriguez.

HBO is under a lot of pressure to deliver something on the same level as Game of Thrones and it’s possible they might be able to achieve that, here’s hoping.

SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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