Game on at Limerick's Troy Studios
The Irish television and film industry is set for a major boost after Limerick's Troy Studios was selected for a major new American TV series.
The series is understood to be an adaptation of a book written by George RR Martin, the creator of Game of Thrones. An official announcement on the deal is expected within weeks.
The project is being led by US network Universal Cable Productions, a subsidiary of the production giant NBC-Universal. It is believed the new series will provide around 500 jobs in the production area, with ancillary jobs in the region likely to follow once filming gets under way.
The show will be an adaptation of Martin's 1980 novella Nightflyers, a sci-fi drama set in space where nine people embark on an ill-fated journey to save the Earth from destruction. Shooting is expected to begin before the end of this year, with the studio thought to have begun casting for some roles.
It is believed that Martin will not work directly on the project due to an exclusivity agreement he signed with HBO for his work on Game of Thrones. However, Doug Liman will add some star power to the lineup; the producer/director previously worked on the Jason Bourne movies, Mr & Mrs Smith, as well as the Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow.
The studio is located at the former Dell factory in the Castletroy area of the city. The 340,000-square foot facility is now Ireland's largest production studio. The empty site was once a symbol of Limerick's decline following the decision of the computer giant to relocate its operation to Poland back in 2009. The new initiative represents a brand new chapter for the city, particularly in the area of creative arts.
"This is a major boost for the industry in Ireland and the mid-west in particular. It will be huge for local hotels and pubs who will obviously benefit from the influx of cast and crew from the UK and the US," a source said.
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