Making a follow-up to one of many largest fantasy exhibits ever has been a journey worthy of Westeros’ mightiest heroes. When Game of Thrones ended back in 2019, HBO already knew it needed the world to proceed. Several ideas were batted around with one eventually rising to the top. A script was written, the present was forged, and an episode was filmed before the show was scrapped. And now, we all know simply how a lot that each one price.
Insider studies that in a brand new e book referred to as Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by James Andrew Miller, it’s revealed that the canceled pilot price over $30 million. You learn that proper. We didn’t add an additional zero. Thirty million-plus for the episode, and it was trashed. “They’d spent over $30 million on a Recreation of Thrones prequel pilot that was in manufacturing after I obtained there,” former chairman of WarnerMedia leisure Bob Greenblatt says within the e book. “And after I noticed a lower of it in a number of months after I arrived, I mentioned to Casey [Bloys, chief content officer] ‘This simply doesn’t work and I don’t suppose it delivers on the promise of the unique collection.’ And he didn’t disagree, which truly was a aid.”
The present was written by Kick-Ass and Kingsman scribe Jane Goldman and starred The Ring’s Naomi Watts, Harry Potter’s Miranda Richardson, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Naomi Ackie, and Georgie Henley from The Chronicles of Narnia. It was set hundreds and hundreds of years earlier than the occasions of the TV present and was supposed to indicate Westeros transitioning from the affluent “Age of Heroes” into “The Lengthy Night time,” which was often talked about on the present.
“So we, sadly, determined to tug the plug on it,” Greenblatt added. “There was huge stress to get it proper and I don’t suppose that will have labored.” A couple of months after that plug was pulled, Bloys did an interview with Deadline and added much more context. “In improvement, in pilots, typically issues come collectively, typically they don’t,” he mentioned in early 2020. “One of many issues I feel Jane took on superbly, which was a problem, there was much more function creation as a result of she set hers 8,000 years earlier than the [original] present, so it required much more. That could be a large swing. One of many issues about Home of Dragons, there’s a textual content, there’s a e book in order that made it just a little bit extra of a highway map for a collection order.”
Sure. That brings us to House of the Dragon, the Recreation of Thrones prequel present that is undoubtedly taking place and premieres in 2022. “I’m the one who inspired Casey to greenlight it to collection,” Greenblatt is quoted as saying in Tinderbox. “I mentioned, ‘Let’s not danger $30 million on a pilot.’ You’ll be able to’t spend $30 million on a pilot after which not decide it up. So I mentioned, ‘Let’s not make a pilot. Let’s get a fantastic collection that we be ok with, and simply make it. Or not.’”
Apparently, this time, they be ok with it.
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