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HBO Gives Series Order to Game of Thrones Prequel House of the Dragon, Passes on Other Prequel

October 29, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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HBO has given a series order to one of its Game of Thrones prequels while passing on the other. HBO announced on Tuesday that they’ve given a ten-episode series order to House of the Dragon. The series is co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, with Miguel Sapochnik and Condal serving as co-showrunners. They will executive produce alongside Martin and Vince Gerardis, with Condal writing the series. Sapochnik, best known for directing the acclaimed Game of Thrones episodes “Battle of the Bastards,” “Hardhome,” and “The Long Night,” will direct the pilot and additional episodes.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. “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.”

The move comes as it was reported by Deadline that the network passed on their other prequel, which would have starred Naomi Watts and was written by Jane Goldman. That series was set thousands of years before the events of the original series and had a pilot produced, but HBO ultimately decided to pass on that and opt for House of the Dragon instead.