EXCLUSIVE: Maintain your dragons, Sport of Thrones followers, one other prequel of the massively fashionable fantasy sequence is eyeing a inexperienced gentle. I’ve discovered that HBO is near giving a pilot order to a GoT prequel from writer and GoT co-executive producer George R.R. Martin and Colony co-creator/exec producer Ryan Condal, which is ready 300 years earlier than the occasions in Sport of Thrones and tracks the start of the top for Home Targaryen. The community declined remark.
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Created by Martin and Condal and written by Condal, I hear the venture relies on the Hearth & Blood e-book by Martin and has been within the works at HBO since final fall.
In accordance with sources, the Condal/Martin venture is just not a sixth GoT prequel. I hear it represents a model new tackle a world initially tackled by Bryan Cogman in one of many 5 GoT prequel scripts commissioned by HBO in 2017. Former GoT co-executive producer Cogman confirmed in April that his prequel concept was not going ahead.
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In typical Martin trend, the writer had been dropping clues in regards to the Home Targaryen prequel venture all alongside. “We have now had 5 completely different Sport of Thrones successor exhibits in improvement at HBO, and three of them are nonetheless transferring ahead properly,” he wrote on his weblog in Might.
One of many three is the untitled prequel, written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts, which shot a pilot this summer time. The venture, now in post-production and awaiting phrase whether or not it should get a pickup, chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.
“Two different exhibits stay within the script stage, however are edging nearer,” Martin wrote in Might. “What are they about? I can’t say. However perhaps a few of you need to decide up a replica of Hearth & Blood and provide you with your individual theories.”
Coincidentally — or not — a big picture of the Hearth & Blood cowl was featured simply above this part in the identical weblog put up with a be aware in regards to the e-book’s success, having simply re-entered New York Instances’ Prime 10 bestseller listing the place it had beforehand spent greater than three months. “You possibly can’t hold a great dragon down,” Martin wrote in regards to the feat.
Named after Home Targaryen’s phrases, Hearth & Blood’s first quantity was printed final November with the tagline, “300 Years Earlier than a Sport of Thrones, Dragons Dominated Westeros.” The Targaryen historical past e-book, a companion to Martin’s A Tune of Ice and Hearth saga, goes again to a time when Home Targaryen — the one household of dragonlords to outlive the Doom of Valyria — took up residence on Dragonstone.
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Hearth & Blood begins off with Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to carry the throne, all the way in which as much as the civil conflict, often known as the Dance of the Dragons, that just about tore their dynasty aside. The conflict shall be a major a part of the TV adaptation, I hear.
Sport of Thrones, which relies on A Tune of Ice and Hearth, featured a few surviving Targaryens, together with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), and Jon Snow (Equipment Harington).
At TCA in July, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys wouldn’t touch upon the standing of the opposite GoT prequels apart from the Watts pilot, however didn’t rule out the chance for an additional GoT offshoot to get a inexperienced gentle by the top of the yr. “It’s one thing I might not touch upon,” he stated.
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Simply days earlier than, Sport of Thrones had landed a whopping 32 Emmy nominations for its ultimate season, breaking one more Emmy file, for many nominations in a single yr. The present, a three-time Excellent Drama Sequence Emmy winner, additionally holds the Emmy file for many general wins, 47 and counting, most wins in a single yr, 12, and most complete nominations for a scripted sequence, 161.
Past vital acclaim, GoT was a uncommon cultural juggernaut, with greater than 45 million folks tuning in for its ultimate episodes.
“We’re proud to have been the house for it, it’s been an incredible present for us,” Bloys stated after the GoT finale in Might.
A month earlier, Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Leisure and Direct-to-Shopper, addressed the opportunity of placing a number of GoT- themed exhibits on the air in gentle of the unique sequence’ monumental world success.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” he instructed Deadline. “We’re having conversations about how will we well proceed the Sport of Thrones universe, however we’ve to be actually considerate about not killing the golden goose and never placing on exhibits that aren’t as much as that high quality degree, and what number of is simply too many.”
Bloys echoed his sentiment.
“I feel Sport of Thrones is a incredible property however I don’t need to simply be the house of prequels and sequels and all that stuff,” he stated. “I feel you need to be actually cautious about the way you do it.”
Condal was the co-creator, government producer and showrunner of sci-fi drama Colony, which aired on USA for 3 seasons. On the movie facet, he has been adapting Logan’s Run for Warner Bros. Along with government producing all GoT prequels, Martin government produces the Wild Playing cards universe Hulu is growing primarily based on his books. He additionally just lately government produced the Syfy sequence Nightflyers.
Condal and Martin have long-standing relationship. In 2016, Martin’s theatre in Santa Fe, Jean Cocteau Cinema, hosted a screening of Colony, adopted by a dialog between Martin and Condal.
Condal is repped by Grandview and McKuin Frankel. Martin is with supervisor Vince Gerardis. Each Condal and Martin additionally had been repped within the unique deal for the venture, which was made final fall, by WME.