'Game Of Thornes' Prequel Has Been Cancelled – But Another Is Being Made
Since Game of Thrones ended in summer, we've been inundated with rumoured prequels, sequels and everything in between - now, one has finally been confirmed.
HBO has announced it is officially working on a prequel to the hit series, House of the Dragon, which will be based on the Targaryens 300 years before Game of Thrones is set.
"House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel is coming to @HBO," the network confirmed on Twitter.
"The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series."
George R. R. Martin, the author behind GoT, has already written a book detailing the Targaryens history, Fire and Blood, which will no doubt provide lots of useful material for screenwriter Ryan Condal.
Miguel Sapochnik is the director behind iconic episodes such as 'Battle of the Bastards', 'Hardhome' and 'The Long Night' so there's no doubt House of the Dragon will involved some stellar scenes, too.
"The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories," says Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. "We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George."
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The 10-part series will debut on HBO's upcoming streaming service in the US, which launches in May next year for $14.99 (£11.65) a month.
It's not yet clear when the series will become available to UK viewers, but we're hoping they don't leave us waiting too long.
The news come just after planned prequel Bloodmoon, set 5000 years before Game of Thrones, was scrapped by TV bosses.
According to TVLine, HBO chose not to move forward with the project by writer and producer Jane Goldman, after a pilot failed to impress bosses over the summer. Execs even sent Goldman back with a ton of changes to make, but were still not happy with the revamped pilot, so chose to scrap it altogether.
A synopsis for the prequel, which was set to aura Naomi Watts as the lead, read: "The series chronicles 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 and the true origin of the White Walkers, to the mysteries of the East and the Starks of legend... it's not the story we think we know."
Well, at least Thrones fans have something on the way, and we think a history of the Targaryens sounds way better tbh.
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