Novelist George R.R Martin reacted to the news about the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts being canceled.
Opening up on his personal blog, the write of A Song of Ice and Fire series revealed that he “was saddened to hear the show would not be going to series.”
He wrote, “HBO also announced that it has decided not to proceed with the other successor show we had in development, the one I kept calling THE LONG NIGHT (though it was, and remains, officially untitled). The pilot for which was shot in Northern Ireland last spring and summer.”
Adding, “Set thousands of years before either GAME OF THRONES or HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, and centered on the Starks and the White Walkers. The untitled pilot was written by Jane Goldman, directed by S.J. Clarkson, and starred Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, and a splendid cast.”
Complimenting the writer of the canceled show Martin wrote, “Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her. I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had to do with HOUSE OF THE DRAGON.”
Further adding, “This was never an either/or situation. Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with thousands of years of history and enough tales and legends and characters for a dozen shows. Heartbreaking as it is to work for years on a pilot, to pour your blood and sweat and tears into it, and have it come to naught, it’s not at all uncommon. I’ve been there myself, more than once.”
Martin said, “I know Jane and her team are feeling the disappointment just now, and they have all my sympathy. With my thanks for all their hard work, and my good wishes for whatever they do next.”
HBO also announced that they have green-lighted one Game of Thrones prequel, titled House of The Dragon. George R.R Martin will be creating the series along with Ryan Condal. Furthermore, Miguel Sapochnik will be the showrunner.
Production details have not been announced about the upcoming prequel.
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