After months of rumors regarding when principal photography would begin on HBO's eagerly anticipated Game of Thrones prequel series, the planned fantasy series now has an officially projected start date.
According to HBO Programming President Casey Bloys, the production is expected to begin filming sometime in early summer lining up with previous comments from Bloys that principal photography on the prequel would begin in the first half of 2019 and premiere at least one full year after the conclusion of the original series.
There is no announced location for filming though it has been rumored that the production will take place in Northern Ireland where the majority of Game of Thrones was filmed across its eight-season run.
The pilot episode will be directed by S.J. Clarkson, who left her previous commitment to Paramount's sequel to Star Trek Beyond for the opportunity. A full cast for the prequel series was announced by HBO last month as preproduction continued.
Written by Jane Goldman, who also serves as showrunner, the pilot for the prequel series stars Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse with principal photography expected to begin sometime in early 2019.
(via Entertainment Weekly)