Months after it went into production, the Game of Thrones prequel spinoff as been axed by HBO. As first reported by Deadline, showrunner Jane Goldman (Kingsman) has been emailing cast and crew all week detailing that the series is canceled.
The spinoff was set to take place 5,000 years prior to the last eight seasons. Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin was attached to develop the show alongside Goldman. The author revealed details on the series during a conversation with Entertainment Weekly this summer. “Westeros is a very different place,” he said. “There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens. Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that is built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully, that will be part of the fun of the series.”
The prequel, which would have starred Naomi Watts, was going to usher in a whole new era of the wildly popular HBO saga. Following the series controversial finale, fans were hoping for a chance for the franchise to be redeemed. However, while this series is dead in the water, HBO is currently developing a second spinoff series. This prequel is also being developed by Martin and is set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones and tracks the beginning of the end of the House Targaryen.
With HBO joining the streaming wars with HBO Max next year, One has to think Game of Thrones is high on the list when developing content to get a leg up on the competition.
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