After spending a whopping $30 million on a pilot episode, HBO’s initial attempt at a Game of Thrones prequel was finally shelved. Former Warner Media chairman Bob Greenblatt detailed what occurred with the canceled Game of Thrones series during an interview with James Andrew Miller for his new book, Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers.
He said, “They had spent over $30 million on a Game of Thrones prequel pilot that was in production when I got there.” “And when I saw a cut of it in a few months after I arrived, I said to Casey, ‘This just doesn’t work, and I don’t think it delivers on the promise of the original series.’ And he didn’t disagree, which actually was a relief.”
Casey Bloys, HBO’s chief content officer, was on hand to supervise the last season of Game of Thrones, which aired after an eight-season run. “Unfortunately, we had to pull the plug on it,” Greenblatt stated. “I don’t believe that would have worked since there was so much pressure to do it perfect.”
HBO was rumored to be developing a couple of distinct Game of Thrones prequels as early as 2017, one of which was set “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.” The prequel series starring Naomi Watts, however, was canceled after the highly praised drama ended.
“We have chosen not to go ahead to series with the Untitled Game of Thrones prequel after considerable deliberation,” HBO stated in a statement. “We appreciate all of Jane Goldman’s, S.J. Clarkson’s, and the outstanding cast and crew’s hard work and devotion.“
The pilot episode of the yet-to-be-released Game of Thrones prequel was shot in Northern Ireland in 2019, but the project was halted. HBO did, however, reveal that a different series, Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon, has been given the go-ahead. No additional information regarding the canceled Game of Thrones prequel was provided at the time of the announcements, but it now seems to have been a costly blunder for HBO. House of the Dragon, on the other hand, is claimed to be “doing well in the development process.”