Let’s catch up on some Thrones-related news, shall we?
- George R. R. Martin comments briefly on the weapons that will be appearing in the HBO series. Apparently they will be using their own designs and not Valyrian Steel’s designs, as previously speculated. GRRM also touches on the merchandising rights to the series and notes that he retained the rights to high-quality replica swords and HBO is only able to create toy replicas.
- Speaking of merchandising, Westeros’ GoT site reports that HBO has filed trademark rights for more merchandise. This one covers everything from key chains to picture frames to sleeping bags.
- Tom McCarthy has moved on to his next project, but has taken some of the lessons he’s learned from Thrones with him. This article mentions that his work on the pilot has helped give him confidence to cast a non-actor in the lead role for his upcoming film Win Win. He mentions having “a positive experience casting ‘real people’” in the Game of Thrones pilot.
- Lastly, Jason Momoa has been cast as Conan the Barbarian in the upcoming film remake. Variety mentions that production is scheduled to begin in March. Probably right around the time Thrones gets the green light. Momoa’s work on Conan shouldn’t interfere with the filming for season one as it should be wrapped by the time they are ready to film Dany’s scenes in Morocco. And as an added bonus, he should be more bulked up due to the rigorous training he is sure to endure to get ready to play the iconic character. That should please the few who thought that Momoa was a bit too lean to match their idea of Khal Drogo.