Tea Game Of Thrones team have explained what happened to the planned spin-off Bloodmoon.
HBO originally spent $30-35 million on a pilot for a new prequel series, but canceled it in 2019.
HBO’s chief content officer Casey Bloys explained it was a hard project to work on as the book’s author, George RR Martin, had only written about eight lines of text for the time period the show was set in.
“It required a lot more invention; it was higher risk, higher reward,” he told THR. “There wasn’t anything glaringly wrong with it. Development and pilots are hard.”
“It wasn’t unwatchable or horrible or anything,” added Robert Greenblatt, the then-chairman of HBO’s parent company WarnerMedia.
“It was very well produced and looked extraordinary. But it didn’t take me to the same place as the original series.
“It didn’t have that depth and richness that the original series’ pilot did.”
Martin, who never got to see the pilot, added: “Bloodmoon was a very difficult assignment.
“We’re dealing with a much more primitive people. There were no dragons yet.
“A lot of the pilot revolved around a wedding of a Southern house to a Northern house and it got into the whole history of the White Walkers.”
Instead, HBO decided to commission the upcoming spin-off House of the Dragon.
Set 200 years before the events of the hit showit follows the Targaryen family at the dawn of a succession war.
Doctor Who star Matt Smith will star as Daemon Targaryen, with Peaky Blinders‘ Paddy Considine and Elementary‘s Rhys Ifans also as part of the cast.
Tea first season will be 10 episodes long, and will launch on August 21, 2022 in the US and August 22, 2022 in the UK.
House of the Dragon will air on HBO in the US, and Sky Atlantic in the UK, and will also be available to stream on NOW.
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