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George R. R. Martin's 'Nightflyers' Begins Filming!

The series has entered production in Limerick, Ireland.

Game of Thrones genius George R. R. Martin's new fantasy series Nightflyers, based on his 1980 novella, has begun shooting at Limerick's Troy Studios, and will continue until August. 

 

The show is being produced by NBC Universal and Universal Cable Productions, and will air first on Syfy in the United States, before being released on Netflix. Wild Atlantic Pictures, an Irish production company is also involved.

 

In January, the Irish Film Board contributed €850,000 in taxpayer funding, to the production, which was the biggest funding decision of the last quarter of 2017.

 

Close to 500 people will work on the production, and Conn Murray, chief executive of Innovate Limerick, estimates that the production could boost the local economy by €70 million (approx. $850 million). Thanks George! 

 

Tyrion raising glass gif

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Troy Studios includes three sound stages at a total of 70,000 square feet, making it Ireland's largest film production studio.

 

Irish actors Eoin Macken and Brían F. O’Byrne will feature in the series, along with Gretchen Mol, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, and Jodie Turner-Smith.

 

Jodie Turner Smith

Jodie Turner-Smith will star. | Image Via Zimbio

 

Martin wrote Nightflyers as a 23,000 word novella in 1980. The following year, his editor James Frenkel,  requested that he elongate the story to 30,000 words. This allowed Martin to include further backstory for the characters and include several additional characters. Nightflyers won several awards including the Locus Award for Best Novella. 

 

A film adaptation was made in 1987, but currently holds a two-star rating on IMDB, so here's hoping this series does a little better! 

 

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