GAME OF THRONES: HOUSE OF DRAGONS series (TBD)
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The pilot, which is near a deal with the premium cable network, would focus on House Targaryen.

 

A second Game of Thrones prequel is in the works at HBO.

 

Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that the premium cable network is near a deal for a pilot order for a prequel set 300 years before the events of the flagship series that tracks the beginnings and the end of House Targaryen. Ryan Condal (Colony) and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will pen the ---script for the drama, which is based on Martin's book Fire & Blood.

 

HBO declined comment.

 

The Targaryen prequel is not one of the previously reported prequels that had been in the works at HBO since 2017. Instead, it is a new take on the world that was being developed by Game of Thrones favorite Bryan Cogman. Cogman confirmed earlier this year that the prequel he was working on was not moving forward.

 

HBO first announced four prequel series in the works and quietly added a fifth one in the months that followed. Of those, three are still active at the premium cabler. HBO programming president Casey Bloys previously told THR that he would not do any sort of sequel to its recently wrapped franchise. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are attached as executive producers to all things Game of Thrones but are not actively involved in any of them, especially since the duo departed their overall deal with HBO for a lucrative pact with Netflix. 

so that's two now.

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EXCLUSIVE: HBO and Sky are on the brink of striking another wide-ranging European programming deal that will potentially see the Game of Thrones franchise remain on the Comcast-owned network for years to come.

 

Deadline understands that the two companies are close to renewing the output deal that has seen HBO hits such as Game of Thrones, Succession, Big Little Lies and Watchmen air on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Germany and Italy.

 

There had been rumors that WarnerMedia was considering rolling out streaming service HBO Max in association with Comcast-owned Sky in a number of European territories, but Deadline understands that this is not the case and that Sky will more likely air some HBO Max originals on its Sky Atlantic channel across its territories.

 

A handful of HBO Max shows have already been taken out to the international market by third party distributors with the likes of Lionsgate launching Anna Kendrick-fronted romantic comedy Love Life, from Paul Feig, at the recent Mipcom market.

 

The two companies previously agreed an extension of the output deal in 2015 and Deadline understands that it runs through to 2020.

 

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14 minutes ago, PovertyRow said:

I refuse to watch this unless Benioff and Weiss are at the helm!!!!!

 

:devil:

I'm going to start listening to the GoT audio books when driving into work. It will be interesting to identify the differences.

There is no Night King in the books, right?

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Game Of Thrones Prequel Is Reportedly Already Casting

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There is great news for Game of Thrones fans anxious to revisit the universe of the wildly successful series as it attempts to franchise. The prequel House of the Dragon is HBO’s big-budget move to continue the flagship’s legacy, and it has taken a significant step forward. The follow-up series is reportedly going into casting mode already.

 

EW is reporting that the Game of Thrones prequel is diving into the casting process, though it is not yet clear which roles are getting cast. However, characters central to the Targaryen civil war, dubbed the Dance of Dragons, are among those heavily speculated to be in the conversation. Those figures would include Daenerys' (and Jon Snow’s) ancestors such as King Viserys I (the fifth Targaryen King) and Daenerys’ arguable precursor, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

 

As you can tell from the name, King Viserys and Daenerys’ creepy older brother share the same name. Game of Thrones viewers know based on Jon Snow’s original moniker (before Ned’s big lie) that the Targaryens are big on reusing the family’s titles. House of the Dragon could delve into all of that and more, and viewers will likely see at least a few high-profile names attached in the near-ish future.

 

The Game of Thrones prequel initiating casting is a move that might be surprising to some when you consider the coronavirus production halt has made in-person auditions far more complicated for an international project such as this. However, there is precedence for it. Another fantasy epic, The Witcher, is among those who have found a way to continue the casting process despite the industry-wide shutdown, with the Netflix series' creative team quite pleased with its ability to virtually cast.

 

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HBO is looking for multiple options for the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen, known to many as “The Rogue Prince.” The description of the role is as follows:

 

PRINCE DAEMON TARGARYEN (Male, 40-50) – The younger brother to King Viserys, Daemon wasn’t born with “naked ambition” for the throne despite being in line for it. He’s less methodical and more impetuous. Not to mention easily bored…stumbling from one distraction to the next with the subconscious yet singular obsession with earning the love and acceptance of his brother the king. Most of Daemon’s joy is found at sword-point. But even as the most experienced warrior of his time, he vacillates between vile and heroic, making him the true rogue of the series.

 

SERIES LEAD. OPTIONS ESSENTIAL *This role is currently scheduled to film between January – December 2021*

 

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Wish Martin would just finish the bloody books.

Then they could re-do the whole thing again as it was written - not as they made for TV.

10 years now - 10 years for the next book - and at least 1 more book to go.

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So even without Game of Thrones, HBO is doing just fine when it comes to awards hardware. Still, the shadow of the show looms. The show still holds the record for most Emmys won in a single year at 12, which is pulled off for both its fifth and sixth seasons. At 59 Emmys total, it’s won more than other drama series, and ties L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues and The West Wing for the most wins for Outstanding Drama Series, at four.

 

Maybe House of the Dragon, HBO’s follow-up to Game of Thrones, can pick up that torch? Speaking to Deadline after the ceremony, HBO president Casey Bloys confirmed that work on the show continues, and that it’s on track for a 2022 release date.

 

Shooting hasn’t begun, but Bloys did say that casting was underway. We’ve heard a lot of rumors about that but nothing solid, so it’s nice to hear it directly from Bloys.

 

Specifically, a couple months back we heard that House of the Dragon was casting women to play Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower, two key players in the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war at the center of the show. A little later, we heard they were casting Daemon Targaryen, another big part.

 

The Dance of the Dragons is a long, bloody tale full of revenge, violence, lust, love and dragon-to-dragon aerial battles. It was made for TV, and I love to hear that it’s moving forward. 2022 is a while to wait, but considering how spectacular some of the set pieces are, it’s understandable. Plus, it’s all to the good that HBO wants to take its time and build a solid foundation.

 

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Paddy Considine, co-star of two 2020 HBO series, The Outsider and The Third Day, will lead the cast of House of the Dragon, the network’s straight-to-series Game of Thrones prequel from George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik.

 

Based on Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen.

 

In the 10-episode first season, Considine will play King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.

 

House of the Dragon was co-created by Martin and Condal. The pilot -script that landed the series order was written by Condal. He serves as co-showrunner alongside GoT veteran Miguel Sapochnik who will direct the pilot and additional episodes.

 

Martin, Condal and Sapochnik executive produce alongside Vince Gerardis and Sara Lee Hess who has joined Condal as a writer on the series.

 

Considine co-starred on the first season of HBO’s drama series The Outsider and is currently seen in the HBI/Sky Atlantic limited miniseries The Third Day. His  credits also include Journeyman, Peaky Blinders, Hot Fuzz, Dead Man’s Shoes, In America and The Ferryman. Considine is repped by Nick Forgacs at Independent Talent Group, and Michael Cooper at Range Media Partners.

 

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New plot details have been revealed for HBO's House of the Dragon. The upcoming series is intended to be a prequel for the massively popular Game of Thrones, which came to an end last May. While season 8 was arguably among its most controversial, especially as many fans criticized the uneven pacing and emphasis on shock value, Game of Thrones' reputation as one of the most impressive fantasy shows of this generation remained intact. As such, HBO pushed for the development of several spin-off shows to help keep the magic of Game of Thrones alive.

 

One of these spin-off shows is House of the Dragon, which will focus on the complex history of House Targaryen. The series began casting for its characters in July, where notices revealed that the show was looking for an actor to play Prince Daemon Targaryen, the younger brother of King Viserys, among other characters. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, HBO President Casey Bloys has confirmed that House of the Dragon is on track for a 2022 release.

 

A Deadline article reports new information about the prequel series. More specifically, Viserys Targaryen will play a major role in House of the Dragon. While he's selected to succeed Jaehaerys Targaryen as the new king, it seems that Viserys' journey will be far from smooth sailing. The Outsider star Paddy Considine has been cast to play Viserys Targaryen. You can catch the full description of House of the Dragon below:

 

"In the 10-episode first season, Considine will play King Viserys Targaryen, chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings."

 

While Viserys Targaryen is described as a "warm, kind, and decent man," it's unclear how this will fit into a family whose house words are quite literally "Fire and Blood." In addition, it's also uncertain what Targaryen stories House of the Dragon will choose to tell. However, the prequel's confirmed focus on Viserys all but rules out the possibility of a season 1 storyline centered around the Dance of the Dragons. The famed civil war was fought between different branches of House Targaryen; however, considering this war was waged after Viserys' death, it seems unlikely that this particular conflict will be explored in House of the Dragon, at least not right away.

 

House of the Dragon isn't the first Game of Thrones prequel to be developed; another prequel series entitled The Long Night, actually filmed a pilot episode before being scrapped by HBO. That being said, it seems HBO is all-in with House of the Dragon. While it'll be interesting to see what direction showrunners choose to take the spin-off, Game of Thrones fans have their fingers crossed that this prequel will live up to the hype.

 

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