Finally. The wait is over — HBO has set a premiere date for Season 7 of its blockbuster fantasy drama Game Of Thrones, The seven-episode seventh season will launch July 16.
In an extraordinarily elaborate, elongated Facebook Live video announcement watched by more than 150,000 fans, the premiere date was revealed as a big block of ice was melted by flaming torches. Fans were asked to type the word FIRE in comments to speed up the melting. Also interspersed were short videos of the series’ stars such as Alfie Allen breathing fire.
HBO promo’ed that the reveal would be made at 11 AM PT, but the first iteration of the video ended abruptly without a premiere date. A second version also ended without a reveal. Third time (after an excruciating wait) was the charm.
GOT, whose previous seasons consisted of 10 episodes each, typically premiered in April after filming during the second half of the previous year. Season 7 was delayed because the storyline required a longer period of shooting in winter conditions.
This is the beginning of the end for GOT, whose creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had revealed that the Emmy-winning series will end with Seasons 7 and 8. While Season 7’s episode count was set at seven last summer, before it went into production, the length of GoT’s final installment had been in flux. Benioff and Weiss had said that they were considering a 6-episode final season.
GOT is executive produced by Benioff and Weiss as well as Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. George R.R. Martin, on whose books the series is based, is a co-executive producer.
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Edward Holcroft, Shaun Dooley, and Tom Cullen are to join Game of Thrones and Spooks: The Greater Good star Kit Harington in Gunpowder, a new three-part BBC drama exploring the story behind the infamous Gunpowder Plot.
As previously reported, Harington will star as Robert Catesby, the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the true driving force behind the plot, alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil, and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.
Joining them are Edward Holcroft as Thomas Wintour, Catesby’s friend and co-conspirator, with Shaun Dooley as Sir William Wade, Lieutenant of The Tower and Cecil’s right-hand man. Tom Cullen takes on the role of Guy Fawkes.
Robert Emms (Happy Valley) will play Father John Gerard, the firebrand young priest who joins with the plotters, whilst Derek Riddell (The Missing) is King James.
Sian Webber (EastEnders) plays the devout and fearless Lady Dorothy Dibdale, with David Bamber (Tina And Bobby) appearing as Cecil’s great rival The Earl of Northumberland, and Kevin Eldon (The Halcyon) as Sir Joseph Hawksworth, Justice of the Peace. Acclaimed Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc will play the Constable of Castile.
The series was developed by Ronan Bennett, Kit Harington and Daniel West, and is written by Ronan Bennett, directed by J Blakeson and produced by Kudosin association with Thriker Films.
Fans of cult TV dramas Game of Thrones, Dr Who, and Sherlock had a chance to spy actor and screenwriter Mark Gatiss when he descended on Beverley this morning.
The British creative, who wrote some of the episodes in sci-fi favourite Dr Who and also played Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, in the recent TV adaptation, was among the cast members filming at Beverley Minster for the BBC’s latest period drama, Gunpowder.
The drama about the Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up parliament is being filmed in the town for the next couple of days.
And while fans won’t have a chance to glimpse the three-part drama’s main star, Kit Harrington – who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones – they will have a chance to spot Sherlock’s Simon Kunz, who has also appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Parent Trap.
Gunpowder production designer Grant Montgomery, who has also worked in the recent drama surrounding the lives of the Bronte sisters and Death Comes To Pemberley, said Beverley Minister was the “best place” for the scene they are shooting for the show after York Minister did not quite fit the bill.
“I came to Beverley to shoot Death Comes To Pemberley and it was beautiful, so I had it in my head to come back,” said Grant, who lives near Skipton.
“When I read the script I thought, I’ll go to York, I’ll go to Ripon and I’ll come to Beverley. I went around all of them and I chose Beverley. It’s really beautiful to shoot it and great to work in.”
Part of what the Minster is being used for is the setting of a feast scene.
“Will people recognise it? Some of it yes and some of it no,” said Grant. “We’ve created a feast of what food would have been eaten in the Jacobean period.
“King James I loved his food, he was particularly well known for eating a lot and was known as a very messy eater. It’s all ox heads, a lot of birds, there’s fish dishes and there’s a hedgehog.
“It’s all dressed inside the minster along several tables – it’s very heavily dressed. We’re using the central room as the state rooms and the privvy council are in a smaller area. This location is very important to the production, it keeps coming back to show the King’s world.”
Some of the crowd watching cast members strolling in and out of the Minster dressed in their Jacobean fineries had been waiting since 8am.
“I got here just before 8am to hopefully see Kit,” said Lisa Tissington, 48, of Bransholme. “I’m involved in amateur dramatics so it’s nice to see fellow artists and I always wanted to know what they do when they’re filming these period dramas.
“So far I’ve seen a few extras go in and out and they’ve been setting up a new load of lighting, but I’m here to get my picture of Kit.”
Rebecca Margherita, a student studying translation at the University of Hull, had come to Beverley to see what was going on.
She said: “We didn’t have class this morning so we thought we would wake up early to come here and see Kit. We have been here since 9am and we have seen a lot of actors dressed up and it is very interesting to see it all.”
With a release date yet to be announced, this fast-paced 17th century thriller delves into the history behind the plot evolution, the selection of the team to carry it out, the gathering of the resources, and the obstacles they came up against.
Source: Hull Daily Mail
Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler and Peter Mullan have also signed up for the 17th century thriller
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has been confirmed to star in a new drama series about the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, telling the little-known story of the real brains behind the operation: Robert Catesby.
Harington had been rumoured to be working on an adaptation of the story a few months ago, with the actor having previously revealed that he was descended from Catesby and that he had an interest in bringing his ancestor’s story to the screen.
Also lined up to set the screen alight in BBC1’s Gunpowder are Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler and Top of the Lake star Peter Mullan.
While the 5th of November has long been known as Guy Fawkes Day and celebrated with bonfires, fireworks and effigies, the three-part drama will reveal how it wasn’t all about Guy Fawkes and his tunnels under Parliament.
Instead, we meet Catesby, the 30-year-old Warwickshire gentleman who masterminded the failed assassination attempt on King James.
In this real-life drama, Catesby is a committed Catholic in Protestant England, in a time when Catholics are relentlessly persecuted and must practice their religion in secret.
Gatiss is King James’ spymaster Chief Robert Cecil, who is tasked with hunting down, torturing and executing priests.
Catesby is trying to bring up his young son in an increasingly intolerant society, having recently lost both his wife and father. He is angered by the suffering of his fellow Catholics, and though head Jesuit Father Garnet (Mullan) urges peaceful protest, this is not enough.
Instead, our protagonist starts to recruit friends and relatives to his secret plot. But what will happen when his cousin Anne Vaux (Tyler) becomes suspicious of his plans – and begins to fear the unintended consequences of Catesby’s actions? Meanwhile, a deadly cat-and-mouse game with Cecil’s spy network is under way.
The 17th century thriller has been written by Ronan Bennett and will be directed by J Blakeson when filming begins later this month. It will be made by Kudos, which has also brought us Apple Tree Yard, Broadchurch, Grantchester and Humans.
The television production company’s CEO Diederick Santer comments: “The Gunpowder Plot is one of the best known stories in Britain and most people are aware of the basic facts.
“But what Ronan has achieved with his page-turning script, and what I hope Kit and Peter and the rest of the magnificent cast will do, is to take the BBC1 audience behind the story, into the people, the passion and the politics.
“This will be a hugely engaging drama with a fascinating contemporary resonance, showing the consequences of what can happen when a religious minority is persecuted.”
Source: Radio Times
HBO has just answered a huge lingering question about Game of Thrones.
EW asked the network’s new programming president Casey Bloys if he plans to go along with showrunners’ David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ oft-stated desire to end their fantasy hit with season 8.
Bloys said yes, that is the current plan – the first time somebody at HBO has confirmed this.
“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday. “Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.”
The showrunners have also planned for the eighth season to consist of merely six episodes. On that front, however, Bloys said the exact number of season eight episodes is not yet final.
We then asked if the team is considering a Thrones spin-off to continue the valuable franchise. Thrones is one of TV’s most watched shows with 25 million total viewers this year across all platforms.
“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”
Also, with the production delay of season seven – which will debut its seven episodes next summer – the executive confirmed the plan will take Thrones out of the running for the Emmys next year. Thrones received 23 prime-time 2016 Emmy nominations, more than any other show, but requires a heavy amount of winter location shooting for the next season (locations include a production unit filming in Iceland).
Still, Bloys pointed out, “Even if we took Thrones Emmys away this year, we’d still have more than anyone else.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Another good news for Brimstone: the film has been officially selected for the competition of the 73rd Venice Film Festival. So congratulations once more to the cast and crew! 😉
The president of the jury at this year’s festival, that runs from from August 31 to September 10, will be filmmaker Sam Mendes and is being dedicated to recently deceased directors Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Cimino.
I’m also adding to the gallery the first production still of the film with Kit (and also actress Emilia Jones) published by the festival’s official twitter:
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival‘s lineup was announced today in a press conference and Martin Koolhoven‘s western thriller with Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten was selected for a Special Presentation, like many other titles. The festival runs from September 08-18. Congratulations to the cast and crew 🙂
HBO makes it official: Emmy favorite to return later with shortened 7th season
Summer is coming.
HBO is officially confirming some major changes for Game of Thrones.
Season 7 of the fantasy sensation will not return until summer 2017 – pushing back from the show’s usual strategy of premiering each edition of the series in the spring (typically April).
Also, the network is confirming for the first time that next edition will consist of seven episodes (a pull back from the show’s usual 10 hours).
Plus, HBO added that the next season will be shot in Northern Ireland, Spain, and Iceland. It’s been a couple years since the Thrones team used Iceland for significant shooting, having primarily used the location for North of the Wall scenes when Jon Snow was embedded with the Wildlings camp.
“Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”
Benioff and Weiss also recently told the UFC Unfiltered podcast that production was getting a later start this year to film in wintery locations, which prompted speculation that the show’s return date might also be pushed. “We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ — and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.” (Usually the show begins production in July).
The producers have previously told EW they wanted to cap the hit series at 73 hours, with seven episodes next year, and six in an eighth-and-final season. (“We’ve known for several years now how many hours, roughly, we want it to go, it hasn’t changed,” Benioff said.) HBO has not yet confirmed anything about season 8, however, so that part of their plan is not yet official.
Thrones has managed to ratchet up its production values with each season, and having fewer episodes will likely allow more time for the team to polish every hour of the show. The producers have tapped directors Alan Taylor, Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman for next season.
Thrones season 6 broke HBO ratings records once again with episodes averaging more than 23 million viewers, including streaming, repeats and DVR playback. The drama was also nominated for 23 primetime Emmys last week, more than any of other series for the third year running.
Source: Entertainment Weekly