Earlier today we reported that the prequel series that was based on Game of Thrones written by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, starring Naomi Watts would not be moving forward. This series would have taken us thousands of years before the events of the main series and given us a closer look at the originators of the Stark and Lannister families. For a few hours we were left pondering what exactly HBO would do with the global hit franchise.
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We can start off by reporting that HBO has announced a straight to series order for a prequel series in the world of Westeros called House of the Dragon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The rumored 10 episode series would focus on House Targaryen and would take place 300 years before the events of the beloved main series, which saw the rise and fall of House Targaryen.
House of the Dragon was created by Martin as well as Ryan Condal, who will also pen the script for the drama that is based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood. Director for the Emmy winning Game of Thrones episode The Battle of the Bastards, Miguel Sapochnik, will helm the pilot episode as well as a few others. Vince Gerardis will executive produce and Sapochnik and Condal will also serve as co-showrunners.
“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” says HBO programming president Casey Bloys said. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
This prequel was not one of the prequels that had been reported to be in the works since a few years back. This prequel is a new take on one that was being developed by Bryan Cogman, who had confirmed earlier this year that the prequel he was working on was not moving forward. Cogman is no longer with HBO as he left for a deal with Amazon. As for now there are still two active Game of Thrones prequels in development for HBO as they are a top priority for their parent company WarnerMedia.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter