“Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” is coming soon.
HBO has ordered the prequel to straight to series. HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced during WarnerMedia’s media event on Tuesday.
The new prequel is written by Ryan Condal (Colony), with George R.R. Martin set to co-executive produce. The latest Game of Thrones series is based on George R.R. Martin’s 2019 book “Fire and Blod,” and is a background history of House Targaryen (the ancestors of Daenerys) as they fight through a civil war. The 10-episode project is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”
HBO executive Casey Bloys announced an event for HBO Max, which is AT&T’s streaming service coming May 2020. The news comes a few hours after news broke HBO canceled a previously announced Game of Thrones spinoff series.
HBO may have advanced with the “House of Dragon” series because “established history penned by Martin to serve as a backbone for the story,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
While the canceled Game of Thrones spinoff series only had some “vague references to build on.” The prequel, which shot over the summer starring Naomi Watts and showrunner Jane Goldman, was set “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones” and would have shown “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”
The Verge reports there were rumors of issues during the filming of the pilot. But, that is not uncommon. The original “Game of Thornes” had a lousy pilot, and HBO has to reshoot 90% of the episode before it aired.
The goal of “House of Dragons” is to reach “The Dance of the Dragons ultimately.” The Dance of the Dragons is a meaningful time in Seven Kingdoms history leading to a great war between House Targaryen.
Stay tuned for casting calls, auditions, and news for the new “House of Dragon” series.