If there is going to be a Game of Thrones prequel series at HBO in the near future, it’s not going to be the one led by Naomi Watts and set thousands of years in the future.
According to Deadline, writer Jane Goldman (who was behind the project alongside George R.R. Martin) has been sending emails informing the team that the project is dead. The pilot for this series, nicknamed The Long Night at one point by Martin, was first greenlit last year and was set to be enormously ambitious. Yet, there were issues with the final product, and these could not be recovered the extent that HBO is comfortable to move forward. They may have lost a considerable chunk of change going ahead and producing a pilot that will never see the light of day but it’s better than putting forward a show that a lot of people wouldn’t end up loving.
At first glance, we thought that some of the original issues with the prequel pilot could be repaired, given that the original Game of Thrones pilot was deemed a mess and it led to a number of recastings and other behind-the-scenes changes before eventually getting the green light. We may not love the idea of getting less Game of Thrones-related content, but we do appreciate HBO not just chasing the money at the fastest speed possible. This does show a certain level of consideration for fans out there, and for the future of the brand.
After all, there is one other thing at the moment to consider: Game of Thrones as a franchise is not going anywhere in the near future. We’ve already heard that there is another prequel in the works, one that could be about the downfall of House Targeryan set a few hundred years before the series proper. It is one that leans heavily into the material Martin establishes within Fire and Blood, and it is a reworking of a pilot once conceived by Bryan Cogman. He is now working over on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings project.
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