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Game of Thrones - Fire & Blood House Targaryen Prequel Nears Pilot Order at HBO

An update from George R.R. Martin.

Jane Goldman’s as yet untitled show, which I am still not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT, is one of those in development. The pilot on that one wrapped a month ago and has been in post-production. I am expecting to see her first cut soon. (Last month in Belfast, I got a behind-the-scenes look at some of her sets, and they were spectacular).

This one has a title, but no one else has revealed it, so I had better not either. ((But it’s not the obvious title)).

It has a script and a bible, and both of them are terrific, first rate, exciting. They’re the work of RYAN CONDAL. I first met Ryan when he came to New Mexico a couple of years ago to shoot a pilot for a fantasy western called THE SIXTH GUN, based on the comic book. That show did not go, though I had the pleasure of screening the pilot at my theatre, the Jean Cocteau. Later we also did a premiere for COLONY, the aliens-in-LA series that Ryan created and ran. He’s a helluva strong writer, and a huge fan of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE, Dunk & Egg, and Westeros in general. I’ve loved working with him, and if the Seven Gods and HBO are kind, I hope to keep on working with him for years to come on this new successor show, the title of which is…

I can say that there will be dragons. Everyone else has said that, so why not me?

And in these days of a hundred networks, channels, and streaming services, I think television has plenty of room for two shows set in Westeros… or hell, maybe three or four… I still want to do SPEARCARRIERS, after all.

Deadline has exclusively revealed that HBO is nearing a pilot order to a Game of Thrones prequel about House Targaryen.

Created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony co-creator) and written by Condal, the project is set 300 years before the events taking place in Game of Thrones, chronicling the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.

Per Entertainment Weekly, the prequel series will lead up to and eventually chronicle House Targaryen's civil war, the legendary Dance of the Dragons.

Deadline notes that the potential series is based upon the Fire & Blood novel by George R.R. Martin and has been in the works since last fall at HBO. It's noted that this is not the sixth GOT prequel in development but rather a new take on a world worked on by Bryan Cogman, of which is no longer in development, in one of the original five GOT prequels from 2017.

Fire & Blood starts off with Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold the throne, all the way up to the civil war, known as the Dance of the Dragons, that nearly tore their dynasty apart. The war will be a significant part of the TV adaptation, I hear.

The Jane Goldman penned Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts is in post-production, currently awaiting news for a potential series pickup.

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