HBO orders new Game Of Thrones series even as it scraps another prequel

A television still from Game of Thrones. House Of The Dragon will take place 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones.
A television still from Game of Thrones. House Of The Dragon will take place 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones.PHOTO: HBO

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - HBO has ordered 10 episodes of a Game Of Thrones spin-off, called House Of The Dragon, the network said on Tuesday (Oct 29).

The news came shortly after reports emerged that the cable channel had nixed another series set in the world created by author George R.R. Martin.

House will take place 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones, a mediaeval fantasy series that became a global phenomenon before it ended its eight-season run in May.

The new series will be based on Martin's book Fire & Blood and will tell the story of House Targaryen, HBO said.

The network announced the new show at an event intended to stir up enthusiasm for HBO Max, a streaming service that will launch in May 2020 at US$15 (S$20.44) per month to compete with Netflix and Walt Disney.

HBO did not say when House would become available.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hollywood publications reported that HBO had scrapped plans for a Game Of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts.

A pilot for the show was shot in Northern Ireland earlier this year. The story was set thousands of years before the events covered in Game Of Thrones.

Mr Casey Bloys, president of programming at HBO, told reporters in July after filming finished on the pilot episode that he was pleased with what he had seen.

 
 

"It looks really good. The cast was amazing," he said at a Television Critics Association event in Beverly Hills.

The final season of Game Of Thrones won 12 Emmy awards, including the top prize of best drama series, in September.

The pilot for the prequel was one of several Game Of Thrones-related projects that were put into development at HBO prior to the end of the series.