It’s been an interesting day or so for those previously connected to cult hit Game of Thrones and their future projects. We’ve already noted that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, who ran the main show, will now be foregoing plans to do more story-building in a galaxy far, far away as their Netflix deal won’t leave any time for Star Wars.
Now it appears that one of the much-discussed prequel series to Game of Thrones will not be going forward at HBO either. The series, announced in 2018 and shot over this past summer, was penned by Jane Goldman and George R R Martin. It features Naomie Watts, Miranda Richardson, Joshua Whitehouse and Marquis Rodrigez and was set in the ‘Age of Heroes’ over a thousand years before the events seen in Game if Thrones and featured the first clashes between man and the White Walkers.
Such a decision to shelve a high-profile production like this is unusual but certainly not unheard of. The project had been rumoured to have some problems during filming and had been in the editing stage for some time in efforts to shape the result to everyone’s liking – not dissimilar to the way that the original Game of Thrones show went through a lot of creative changes and recasting before finally making it to the screen.
But a second prequel series, from Martin and Ryan Condal, HAS got the official nod today. Entitled House of the Dragon, the show (based on Martin’s novel Fire and Blood) will be a ten-part mini-series and has now received a straight-to-series order, HBO announced. That story is set 300 years before Game of Thrones and looks into the origins and troubles concerning the legendary House Targaryen.
There are still two other possible Westeros-related projects that could still move forward, though there’s little firm information… but there’s no news on when Martin will actually finish his actual books…