It was canceled in a storm of fire and blood – and apparently, a lot of money.
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According to former WarnerMedia president Bob Greenblatt, HBO’s “Game of Thrones” spinoff series, which was set to star Naomi Watts, spent a whopping $30 million making an episode.
“They spent over $30 million on the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel pilot, which was in production when I got there,” Greenblatt said. James tells Andrew Miller In HBO’s new oral history of the journalist, “Tinderbox.”
“And when I saw a cut [the pilot] A few months after I arrived, I said [HBO head of content Casey Bloys], ‘It doesn’t work and I don’t think it lives up to the promise of the original series.’ And he didn’t disagree, which was actually a relief. ,
The proposed series was by Jane Goldman, who wrote the “Kingsman” film series, and was set to take place thousands of years before the events of “GOT”. Following the Stark and Lannister ancestors, the show will focus on world lore such as the true origins of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East, and the world’s descent from the Golden Age into its darkest hour.
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Rumored to be called “The Long Night”, the show was given the green light in June 2018. The series was terminated in October 2019 after only producing an expensive pilot.
“We unfortunately decided to pull the plug on this,” Greenblatt says in the book. “There was enormous pressure to fix this and I don’t think it would have worked.”
You’d think he would have made sure the show worked before spending $30 million on it.
As of now, the “Game of Thrones” spinoffs that are currently in the works are a Targaryen-focused prequel series called “House of the Dragon” starring Matt Smith and coming out in 2022, and based on George R.R. Martin’s prequel novel series. There is a spinoff. Tales of the Sting and the Egg.”
There is also a “Game of Thrones” Broadway play in the works about the Great Tourney at Harrenhaal, 16 years before the events of the original show, expected in 2023.