HBO Passes On Jane Goldman’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel
In a surprising bit of news, HBO has given a thumbs down to the first ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequel series which came from ‘Kick-Ass’, and ‘X-Men: First Class’ screenwriter Jane Goldman, and starred Naomi Watts. The show will not move forward after the network was unhappy with the pilot.
The prequel came from a story developed by Goldman and GoT creator George R.R. Martin, with Goldman writing the script. It was set thousands of years before the main GoT show and chronicled the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. It promised to show a very different history to the one we thought we knew, including horrifying secrets of Westeros, the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, and the Starks of legend.
It seems that the pilot had been “troubled” for a while, citing issues with budgets, problems during filming and the old “creative differences” rearing its ugly head. The pilot was initially presented to HBO, but they weren’t happy and sent the team back to the editing room for a different cut. When they returned, HBO was still unimpressed, and have now decided to can the drama entirely. Goldman was set to serve as showrunner and exec producer with Martin also set as EP.
However, for those of you still wanting more ‘Game Of Thrones’, there is hope. If you remember there were 5 different scripts in production at one stage, although Martin stated in May it was down to three… Now it is down to two, with the show from Martin & ‘Colony’ co-creator Ryan Condal looking to be the next likely candidate to get a pilot order. That series is set 300 years before the events of the main series, it explores the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.
We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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