HBO’s House of the Dragon has a production headquarters, and it’s not where mother show Game of Thrones set up shop for years.
News about House of the Dragon, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, has been picking up lately. The show recently made its first official casting announcement with Peaky Blinders star Paddy Considine has been cast as King Viserys I Targaryen. And now, it looks like we have some info on the show’s filming headquarters.
Game of Thrones famously set up shop at the Titanic Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland for all eight seasons. This was also where HBO filmed the Game of Thrones prequel pilot Blood Moon, which wasn’t picked up to series. However, it looks like the House of the Dragon team is heading to Leavesden Studios in Watford, England, northwest of London.
This comes from Redanian Intelligence, which cites industry rag UK Production News. Leavesden Studios has hosted many high-profile productions in the past, including the Harry Potter movies, the Mission: Impossible movies, Wonder Woman, Kingsman and Spider-Man: Far From Home, just to name a few. At the moment, The Batman is using it to film the rest of the movie after production was put on hold.
A lot of those are Warner Bros. productions. Time Warner owns both Warner Bros. and HBO, so it makes sense to consolidate.
As for when production will start on House of the Dragon, UK Production News has it starting up at Leavesden Studios in January 2021, although it’s unclear if that means actual shooting or pre-production. Probably the latter, given the casting is still ongoing.
Either way, it’s still going to be a while before we get to see House of the Dragon on our screens. In an interview after the 2020 Emmy Awards, HBO president Casey Bloys said that the prequel series is set to release sometime in 2022. But hey, at least that gives is plenty of time to re-watch Game of Thrones and read the books!