HBO Picks Up ‘Game of Thrones’

Orders 10 episodes of fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's books

Game of Thrones HBOHBO has ordered 10 episodes of "Game of Thrones," based on George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, "A Song of Ice and Fire."

Production is set to begin in June in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the saga of an epic power struggle in a vast kingdom.

Cast includes Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Harry Lloyd, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jennifer Ehle and Peter Dinklage.

David Benioff ("Troy," "Brothers") and D.B. Weiss are executive producers and scripted the pilot. Tom McCarthy ("The Visitor," "The Station Agent") will direct. 

Executive producers are Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis,Ralph Vicinanza and author Martin. Producers are Joanna Burn, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger.