In the wake of ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss walking away from their much-publicized deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a feature film trilogy in 2022. Even more back to back Game of Thrones news came just hours apart this week as one series was aborted and another was announced at HBO.
Earlier this week, Deadline reported that while HBO has more Game of Thrones in the pipeline, the prequel that was being written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts was no longer happening. While not publicly confirmed by HBO, showrunner Goldman had been reportedly been emailing the cast and crew of the project to tell them that the pilot is dead.
The prequel, created by the Kingsman scribe and George R. R. Martin, would have taken place thousands of years before the wars, romances and dragons of the Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington-led GoT that wrapped up its blockbuster eight season run earlier this year. Weaving in issues of race, power, intrigue and White Walkers, the Goldman-run prequel was given the green light back in June of 2018.
It had been picked among several GOT prequel scripts that were commissioned by HBO. While that pilot, carrying heavy corporate expectations, was in editing, HBO in September gave an unofficial pilot green light to a second prequel project from Martin and Ryan Condal, which is set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones and tracks the beginning of the end for House Targaryen. That series is based on the Game of Thrones companion book Fire & Blood has been ordered straight-to-series at HBO. The series will be titled House of the Dragon. Set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series tells the story of House Targaryen.
HBO has given the show a 10-episode order. George R.R. Martin co-created the series with Ryan Condal. Sapochnik and Condal will serve as co-showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with Martin and Vince Gerardis. Frequent Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes.
This marks Sapochnik’s first project as part of an HBO overall deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max.