TTitanic: Blood and Steel – The Untold Story of How it All Began’ to shoot in Dublin late Summer

Pre-production has just commenced on a 12 x one hour drama series, ‘Titanic: The Untold Story of How it All Began’.

The series will be produced by Guido deAngelis (Ti Stramo, The Borgia) of The DeAngelis Group (DAP). Guido is no stranger to film production in Ireland having previously produced The Magnificent Ambersons and Benedict Arnold here.

The series recounts the story of the birth of the Titanic and those who built it, going back to 1897 when construction of the luxury liner started.

Chris Noth will portray financier J.P. Morgan, with Neve Campbell portraying a journalist covering the ship’s first voyage to New York City. Derek Jacobi will play Lord William Pirrie, chairman of the Harland and Wolff which built the Titanic.

The majority of the financing was provided by Italian company RAI, Germany’s Tandem Communication and broadcaster Antena 3 in Spain, with presales and tax credits making up the rest.

Other partners include Los Angeles-based 3 Arts, Blighty’s Artists Studio, Gaul’s Marathon Group, Ireland’s Epos Films (Paul Myler) and the Irish Film Board.

Distribution is being handled by Tandem Communications and 3 Arts in the U.S., with Zodiak handling the rest of the world excluding Italy, Germany and Spain.

A part replica of the Titanic is being created in an abandoned arms factory in Serbia and will be filmed there. before it is expected to move to Dublin in late July for approximately 16 weeks shoot and  it is due for release in mid 2012. Production offices will be based at The Old John Payer Factory on the South Circular Road, Dublin, even though Ardmore Studios was available.

Production designer will be Tom Conroy Emmy winning designer of The Tudors. The series will focus more on the lives of the workers involved in building the Titanic rather than its fatal voyage. The series will be directed by Ciarán Donnelly (The Tudors, Cold Feet)

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