Lots Of Prequel News
Game of Thrones fans were hit with an insane amount of prequel news this week, first that the prequel series tentatively titled The Long Night starring Naomi Watts was not going forward. After a tough summer shooting the pilot, HBO ultimately decided to pass on the project.
Secondly, it was announced that House Of The Dragon, the other prequel focusing on the rise of the Targaryens was ordered straight to series. The first season will have 10 episodes and will probably premiere sometime in 2020.
Disappointed Over The Cancelled Prequel
Creator of Westeros and A Song Of Ice And Fire writer George R.R. Martin opened up on his blog about the two projects, first expressing his disappointment over HBO's decision to cancel The Long Night before it even began.
"It goes without saying that I was saddened to hear the show would not be going to series. Jane Goldman is a terrific screenwriter, and I enjoyed brainstorming with her."
Big Enough World For Many Stories
Martin explained that he wasn't sure why HBO passed, but it had nothing to do with House of the Dragon.
"I do not know why HBO decided not to go to series on this one, but I do not think it had to do with HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. This was never an either/or situation. If television has room enough for multiple CSIs and CHICAGO shows… well, Westeros and Essos are a lot bigger, with thousands of years of history and enough tales and legends and characters for a dozen shows."
Martin has been around the television block before, and he knows that sometimes this just happens, no matter how much work you put in.
"Heartbreaking as it is to work for years on a pilot, to pour your blood and sweat and tears into it, and have it come to nought, it’s not at all uncommon. I’ve been there myself, more than once. I know Jane and her team are feeling the disappointment just now, and they have all my sympathy… with my thanks for all their hard work, and my good wishes for whatever they do next."
Now, how about that last book, GRRM?