It was only yesterday that news broke out that HBO had canceled the Game of Thrones series starring Naomi Watts. Nevertheless, the world of Game of Thrones lives on as HBO announced a prequel series based on the story of “House of the Dragon”. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, the story is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones in which the story revolves around House Targaryen.
Director and two times Emmy-award winner Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot, as well as additional episodes for the series. The advantage here is that Miguel has also directed several episodes for Game of Thrones in the past so he is already familiar with the tone, as well as the stories. HBO is obviously confident with the production of ‘Fire & Blood‘ as they’ve ordered 10-episodes for the first season.
George R.R. Martin will be co-creating the series with Ryan Condal, while Sapochnik and Condal serve as co-showrunners. This also marks the first project for Sapochnik as part of an overall deal made with HBO where he’ll be developing and producing content for HBO, as well as HBO Max. Sapochnik has directed three of the best episodes in Game of Thrones’ history, including “Battle of the Bastards”, “Winds of Winter” and “Hardhome”.
The president of HBO programming also made a comment on the world of Game of Thrones:
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories. We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
Going by his statement, it’s clear that HBO had no intention of dropping their interest in making Game of Thrones-related shows after the original series ended. The announcement was made as part of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max presentation.