Limerick’s Troy Studios Selected for Major American TV Series – The studio is located at the former Dell factory in Castletroy, the 340,000-square foot facility is now Ireland’s largest production studio
Limerick’s Troy Studios Selected for Major American TV Series
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jordan Mac Cormaic
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 the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. An official announcement on the deal is expected within weeks.
Those behind Ireland’s newest international film studio, now based at the old Dell site in Castletroy, and twice the size of Ardmore Studios, have been working hard to lure major production companies worldwide to Limerick.
The project is being led by US network Universal Cable Productions, a subsidiary of the production giant NBC-Universal.
It is estimated that the new series will provide around 500 jobs in the production area, with additional jobs in the region likely to follow once filming gets under way.
Conn Murray, the chief executive of Limerick City and County Council, earlier estimated that the facility could result in a €70m spin-off for the local economy, creating hundreds of jobs.
The show will be an adaptation of Martin’s 1980 novel 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.
The studio is located at the former Dell factory in Castletroy, 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.
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.
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