George R. R. Martin mentions the pilot in a recent post to his Not A Blog and it sounds like he is in the same boat we are in.
Meanwhile, March creeps ever closer, and with it the HBO decision about whether or not to greenlight the GAME OF THRONES series. I am pretty much out of the loop on this, so there’s nothing I can do to impact it either way… but as much as I have tried to adopt a “que sera, sera” attitude, I’m growing increasingly anxious. All sorts of rumors swirling around the internet, both good and bad. And of course Hollywood has broken my heart before. Ask me politely and I’ll show you my DOORWAYS scars…
In other news, Jason Momoa was interviewed by the Des Moines Register about his upcoming role as Conan the Barbarian. He is currently in intensive training for the role and will begin filming in mid-March and is scheduled to continue filming into June. At that point, according to the article, he will begin working on the first season of Game of Thrones.
Last fall, Momoa was cast as the brutal warrior Khal Drogo in “Game of Thrones,” a pilot and potential HBO fantasy drama. He will start filming more of the TV series in Ireland and Morocco at the end of June.
Winter Is Coming: Interesting that GRRM doesn’t seem to have any more idea about HBO’s thoughts on the pilot than any one of us. He was closely involved in the production of the pilot so it seems strange that he isn’t in the loop about its current status. I suppose even if he did have some inside info, he would still be waiting for the official announcement like the rest of us. The mention of his scars is a reference to his pilot project from his Hollywood days, Doorways, which was not picked up. Of course that experience has left him extra anxious about Thrones until HBO gives it the official green light.
As far as Jason Momoa goes, sounds like he has a busy schedule. I’m glad for his success. I’m also glad that it sounds as if he is going to be in tip-top shape once he comes back to film the first season of Thrones. The one question that comes to my mind is if the end of June will be the start of filming for the entire cast, or just those needed for the Dany scenes. Will they shoot in Northern Ireland and Morocco concurrently? Or will they start in Morocco, knock out all the Dany scenes in a few weeks and transition to Belfast for the remainder of the 30-week shoot? If I had to guess I would say it is likely to be the second scenario.