HBO cancels Naomi Watts-led Game Of Thrones prequel, commissions new House of the Dragon prequel
HBO has cancelled their hugely anticipated new prequel to Game Of Thrones, The Long Night.
The show was due to star Naomi Watts and John Simm, with Naomi Ackie, Paula star Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo also in key roles, but will not move to series.
It had been described as chronicling “the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
Kingsman: The Secret Service's Jane Goldman had written the pilot and was due to act as showrunner. SJ Clarkson, who had been booked to take charge of Star Trek 4, directed the pilot, which shot in Northern Ireland over the summer.
Instead, HBO will now move forward with House of the Dragon, a new prequel which will be set about 300 years before events in the original series. It will move straight to series with no pilot.
House Of The Dragon will track the beginnings and the end of House Targaryen, the house that produced Emilia Clarke's beloved Daenerys Targaryen.
Colony creator Ryan Condal and Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will write the series, which is based on Martin's book Fire & Blood.
Speaking about the announcement, Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming said: "It's my pleasure to announce today that we are ordering House of the Dragon straight to series for HBO. It tells the story of House Targaryen and the early days of Westeros."