HBO Spent 30 Million On The Spin-Off Of ‘Game Of Thrones’
Plans for new series set in the world of Game of Thrones began to unfold even before it ended, attesting to HBO’s interest in expanding the phenomenon. The company sponsored several projects at the same time, but the one that received the most media visibility was a prequel that had Jane Goldman as showrunner and Naomi Watts as star. This series did not reveal a title, but it did get to shoot a pilot … and then we knew that HBO would continue with it. To alleviate the bad feelings, however, the chain quickly reported that it was officially launching another spin-off .
This spin-off is The House of the Dragon , a prequel focused on the Targaryen dynasty that is set several centuries before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire . The production has gone off without a hitch, and the plan is to release it in 2022 as HBO continues to sort out a pile of more possible Game of Thrones spinoffs . Hours ago we learned that Steve Conrad had been signed as a scriptwriter for a fiction titled Dunk & Egg , while in the bedroom we found two animated series and countless sketches for new trips to Westeros. HBO has tackled its goal with such speed that hardly anyone remembers that firstspin-off aborted.
However, a recent book published on the HBO label, Tinderbox , delves into exactly what happened . Details of the Goldman series never transpired (beyond vague comments that pointed to exploration of Westeros’ darkest secrets), but that pilot was indeed filmed, and cost the company 30 million dollars. Bob Greenblatt , former president of Entertainment at WarnerMedia, recalls in the aforementioned book his conversations at the time with Casey Bloys (president of HBO) and what it was that made him turn back. “They had spent over $ 30 million on a Game of Thrones prequel pilot that was in production when I arrived.”
“And when I saw a montage of it a few months after I arrived, I said to Casey Bloys ‘this just doesn’t work and I doubt it lives up to the expectations of the original series.’ He didn’t disagree, which was a relief. ” Bloys and Greenblatt agreed that the series was not good enough. “So sadly, we decided to discard it. There was enormous pressure to get it right and I don’t think it would have worked. ” The good thing about the experience with the first spin-off is that Greenblatt and Bloys decided as a result of it to change their way of working to find a Game of Thrones series that did convince them.
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“I was the one who encouraged Casey to give the series the green light , ” says Greenblatt in reference to The House of the Dragon . “I told him ‘let’s not risk $ 30 million on a pilot.’ You cannot spend that amount and then it comes to nothing. So I said ‘let’s not do a pilot, let’s get a great series that we like and let’s do it, or not .’ The House of the Dragon has ended up in the hands of Ryan Condal as showrunner and Miguel Sapochnik (veteran of Game of Thrones ) as director, having in its cast Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Olivia Cooke .
As for the canceled series, we will never know what it could have been, and it only remains to remember with sorrow the words that an enthusiastic Naomi Watts dedicated to it at the time. “I’m very excited, yes, it gives me goose bumps. It’s intimidating and exciting, ” said the Oscar-nominated actress. “I hope the fans come and find something interesting in this world. I think they will not be disappointed. ” In the end there was no time to disappoint anyone.