HBO reportedly nearing order for 2nd Game of Thrones prequel about Targaryens
US novelist George RR Martin arrives for the New York red carpet premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, USA, Apr. 3, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/JASON SZENES
Los Angeles, USA, Sep 12 (efe-epa).- American cable giant HBO is nearing a pilot order for a second series set in the same universe as its hit fantasy show "Game of Thrones" that will focus on the history of House Targaryen, according to an exclusive report published on Thursday by Deadline.
HBO – which is already developing another production based on the GoT universe created by George RR Martin with Naomi Watts playing the main character – is about to order the proposed show's first episode (known in the industry as a pilot, which provides executives with a preview before deciding whether to greenlight an entire season), Deadline said.
This new project is under the creative supervision of Martin – the author of the novels that inspire the series – and screenwriter Ryan Condal, who previously wrote a script for the series "Colony."
The prequel is set to be an adaptation of the book "Fire & Blood" (2018), whose timeline starts around 300 years before the story in GoT and tells the fictional history of Westeros' ruling Targaryen dynasty, one of the most important houses in this ambitious and complex universe of epic fantasy.
As the record-shattering TV series neared the end of its eighth and final season, HBO began to release clues hinting at up to five possible separate spin-off projects to cash in of the GoT fever.
Until now – aside from this new Targaryen-centric prequel – only one of those projects had gone into the pilot phase: a series that takes place 5,000 years before the events of GoT that will star Naomi Watts, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Josh Whitehouse, Ivanno Jeremiah and Jamie Campbell Bower in the cast.
However, HBO has yet to make a final decision on whether it ultimately picks up the show, whose title is expected to be "The Long Night."
After broadcasting its eighth season and saying goodbye to viewers in what became a global event in television history, GoT left off with 32 nominations for this year's Emmy awards, the ceremony of which will be held on Sep. 22 in Los Angeles.
The show already has the record for winning the highest number of Emmys in the awards' history, having earned a total of 47 of the coveted statuettes. EFE-EPA