HBO looking to develop several more Game of Thrones prequels, including Dunk and Egg
HBO wants to order more Game of Thrones. Some of them.
In addition to the upcoming House of the Dragon prequel series, the network is potentially seeking the green light for more shows in the world of Westeros, sources say.
One of them, just reported by Variety, is a project based on Dunk and Egg in early development. Author George R.R.'s Dunk and Egg Stories Martin follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and a young Aegon V Targaryen and are set into thrones 90 years before the events.
But that's not all. HBO met with several top writers who came up with other ideas based on Martin's work. Among the ideas being considered is a prequel series based on Robert's Rebellion - the war for the Iron Throne that turned Westeros upside down a few decades before the events in Thrones.
One of the writers is a name familiar to HBO genre fans: Bruno Heller, who created the acclaimed historical drama Rome, a series that has been viewed as the somewhat short-lived forerunner of Thrones. No author is officially linked to a project with this.
All concepts are prequels set in Westeros and Essos prior to the events in GoT; there are currently no sequels or spin-offs from the original series.
The idea is for HBO to grow big on thrones for HBO and HBO Max in a way not entirely different from what Disney did with Star Wars and Disney +. Disney announced 10 Star Wars shows during its Investor Day conference in December, and the next day the company's share price rose 14 percent to an all-time high. While HBO saw a decline in linear adult demo viewership after Thrones ended in 2019, it struggled to fill the dragon-sized hole in its lineup. HBO's parent company, WarnerMedia, generally invests heavily in HBO Max and sees the streaming service as a "you win or you die" effort to future-proof the company's entertainment division.
The new move is also similar to HBO's then-unprecedented "back-off", which involved developing five different Thrones prequel projects before the series ended - a process that ultimately resulted in a pilot being shot who did not move forward (the Jane Goldman pilot, who starred Naomi Watts) and another (House of the Dragon, by co-showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik) who are lit in green on the series. This new venture is arguably more intense, however, as not just a single successor is sought, but ideally more than a worthy title to join House of the Dragon in the air.
However, this is still a start for the initiative. So far, no projects have officially been included in development; Plans are fluid and could change. HBO had no comment.
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