HBO are to make their final decision on whether to press ahead with the Game of Thrones series in March this year. The pilot episode which is in post production at the moment is the first episode of the proposed series based on George RR Martins ‘A song of Ice and Fire Novels’.
This deadline has been confirmed by numerous sources including David Weiss the producer and George RR Martin the writer of the novels and an executive producer on the pilot. This wait is much longer than many fans had hoped for as HBO has picked up a number of pilots up very quickly in recent history, and fans had been hoping for the same.
HBO do seem to be committed to the project however, The cast assembled for this production is impressive with the five biggest names to date being Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage.
Added to these are a number of established English stage and character actors, and a number of new, exciting and upcoming English actors and newcomers. Together they make probably the best ensemble fantasy acting cast since Peter Jackson brought together the cast for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The project is being directed by David Weiss and David Benioff (Troy, Kite Runner and Wolverine) with continued involvement by George RR Martin, who as well as being the author of the original series of novels, has a history in TV and film going back many decades.
Filming for the pilot took place at Doune Castle in Scotland (used excessively in Monty Pythons Holy Grail.), The former set of Kingdom of Heaven in Mororco, and in the Paint hall and in various locations around Belfast. The filming took place in October and November and took close to 4 weeks all told.
Through December and one imagines into the new year the pilot is in post production with Modern VideoFilm who are handling the post-production requirements. The effects and CGI necessary for the pilot are known to include a CGI wheelhouse (for Cersei’s travelling party), digital extensions on the real castle locations, the scenes and panoramas viewed from set windows and possible crowd extension work.