Nelson McCausland, Northern Ireland Minister for Culture, who wrote about the NI deals with HBO before, now reports on a high-level meeting taking place last week. The government team met with Jay Roewe, HBO’s Senior Vice President for Production, who flew in for the occasion, GOT producer Mark Huffam, and the CEO of NI Screen. The meeting was dedicated to planning the second season! [Or series, as it is called in Britspeak.]
The series Game of Thrones is currently being filmed in Northern Ireland and it is going extremely well. Like all large scale film/television production it is very challenging but all of the creative executives involved in the project are very happy and there is enormous optimism that the series will be a great success /…/ Planning is now shifting to arrangements for the second series and Jay Roewe’s visit was primarily focused on the planning for that second series.
Hear Me Roar: This is one great promising sign. Obviously not a formal green light for the second season just yet (wouldn’t ordering a further season of a new show before the first one is even shot be quite a precedent?), but if and when they make that decision, HBO wants quite naturally to have all their ducks in a row. My hope and opinion is that, unless they run into some unforeseen trouble, we are surely getting two or even three seasons given the scale of the investment. By then, the executives will see if they really have a hit on their hands and several revenue figures to work with when deciding to go on with the series or not.