HBO just announced that it had passed on the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel that had been developed by Jane Goldman with George R.R. Martin, which had Naomi Watts attached to star. But, perhaps the reason why HBO chose not to proceed is that they had instead decided to pick up another prequel, ‘House of the Dragon’, which focuses on the Targaryen clan. The network placed a ten-episode first-season order.
‘House of the Dragon’ was co-created by Martin and Ryan J. Condal (‘Colony’), based on a rejected spin-off proposal from ‘GoT’ producer Bryan Cogman. (He has since moved over to Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series.) Martin’s book ‘Fire & Blood’ serves as the blueprint. ‘GoT’ vet Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot episode. Sapochnik won an Emmy for helming the episode “Battle of the Bastards.”
This series will be set 300 years before ‘Game of Thrones’, and will chronicle “the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.”
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HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced:
“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
This was not one of the original four prequels that HBO announced as being in development in 2017. (Nor is it the fifth that was quietly added after the initial announcement.) Reportedly only two of these are still in development, but with ‘House of the Dragon’ having been picked up, it’s unclear if HBO will continue looking for even more potential series.
‘Game of Thrones’ is worth billions to HBO and parent company WarnerMedia. It makes sense that with HBO Max due to launch in May of 2020, that HBO is doing what it can to deliver a new related draw.
Are you excited that ‘House of the Dragons’ is on its way?
Source: TV Line