HBO Cancels One ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel, Immediately Announces Another

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You didn’t think HBO would let Game of Thrones die, did you? Since the show’s ending, HBO has been hard at work creating a Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts. However, the network canceled it after filming one episode. Fear not though, GoT fans! HBO immediately announced a new prequel, titled House of the Dragon, based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire and Blood. Read on to discover everything we know so far…

Canceling The First Game of Thrones Prequel

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No question, its been a rocky road for the Game of Throne universe and will likely continue to be so. For months, even before the last season aired, HBO has worked hard on several Game of Thrones prequels. The most promising seemed one set hundreds of years before the events of the show we all know and (sometimes) loved, starring A-lister Naomi Watts.

According to HBO, the series would have chronicled “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

The pilot of the GoT spin-off has been shot, headed by the appointed showrunner Jane Goldman, the producer of Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Unfortunately, it seems the pilot did not match the network’s vision. After seeing it, HBO scrapped the prequel. However, HBO had another Game of Thrones prequel waiting in the wings…

Introducing House of the Dragon

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Fear not, Game of Thrones lovers – HBO has a bunch more prequel ideas up their sleeve! The network announced on October 29 the next prequel series they would focus its efforts on: House of the Dragon. In fact, they’ve already ordered a full ten-episode first season! It even has a poster, seen above, with the tag line reading, “Fire Will Reign.”

House of the Dragons will be based on George R. R. Martin’s book Fire and Blood, and focuses on the Targaryen Civil War. Like the untitled Naomi Watts series, Dragon will also take place hundreds of years before the events of Game of Thrones. The new series, if it sticks to the book, will eventually lead up to the civil war of the Seven Kingdoms aka the Dance of the Dragons, which we’ve heard about so often in the original Game of Thrones series, in which two House Taragaryen branches will battle for the throne. So who’s involved in this new series?

House of the Dragon Cast, Crew and its’ Future

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HBO also announced some of the minds behind the House of the Dragon. Of course, R. R. Martin is on-board, working as a co-creator. Writer Ryan Condal, who wrote films like the 2014 version of Hercules and the show Colony, will join him as another showrunner and head writer. Finally, Emmy-winning director Miguel Sapochnick, who directed GoT episodes like “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Long Night,” is signed on as co-showrunner and even directed the pilot. Unfortunately, HBO has yet to release any information on the cast and crew of this Game of Thrones prequel.

Casey Bloys, HBO programming president, said of the new prequel, “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.”

Sources: CNBC, CNet, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter.