With the end of May creeping ever closer and no casting news, one wonders whether HBO’s initial target of a June filming start date is feasible. This production listing from the Irish Film & Television Network states only that production is set to begin “Summer 2010.” Interestingly, it also lists Tom McCarthy as the director, might this mean McCarthy will be directing the entire first season?
Searching around a bit more, I found this quarterly business review from Time Warner, HBO’s parent company. On page six, they have a short blurb about Thrones getting picked up. You’ll notice that they list the production start month as July 2010. This document was released on May 5, so it seems the official start month has changed since HBO first announced the series pick up back in March.
The good news is that it is likely that the ground work for the filming is being laid now. Based on this tweet, it sounds like, at least for this one prop designer (probably Gavin Jones), he is leaving to work on the series soon. I would wager that set construction and costume creation are also getting underway. Perhaps one of our Belfast-area readers can confirm if there is any activity at the Paint Hall?