The Game of Thrones prequel, titled Bloodmoon, written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts, has been cancelled.
HBO passed on the series, which had already shot a pilot, reports Deadline.
Jane Goldman has reportedly emailed the cast and crew to let them know that the project is ‘dead’. Although it has not yet been announced by HBO.
The synopsis for Bloodmoon had read: “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: it’s not the story we think we know.”
However, it’s not the end for GoT fans.
The wild world of Westeros is lighting the fires of controversy as HBO has ordered a brand new Game of Thrones pilot — just hours after cancelling the first one. While the Naomi Watts-led series set thousands of years before the events of the main series has been axed, the network is moving forward with a direct-to-order series.
HBO never seemed to know what was going on with the first of its prequels. Originally rumoured to be titled Bloodmoon, the show was then tipped to be called The Long Night.
George R.R. Martin himself and writer Ryan Condal have created House of the Dragon, which will be led by Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik and Condal as showrunner. For those who need a refresher, Sapochnik is remembered for directing epic episodes like “Battle of the Bastards”, “Hardhome”, and Season 8’s bloody “The Long Night”.
Although there’s no release date for House of the Dragon, we know it’s been greenlit for a freshman season of 10 episodes. The announcement was made on Tuesday at WarnerMedia’s HBO Max investor’s presentation.
HBO Programming President Casey Bloys gushed about the chance to explore the fire and blood favourites. She told an excited crowd: “The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of HouseTargaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
As for Bloodmoon, Deadline confirms famous faces including Watts, Naomi Ackie, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Miranda Richardson are out of a job. Insiders suggest the pilot — which was filmed over the summer — received terrible reactions and was heavily reshot. Still, HBO execs were unhappy and pulled the plug on proceedings.
Here’s hoping the next chapter does better than Bloodmoon and the divisive Game of Thrones Season 8.
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