Game Of Thrones Prequel With Naomi Watts Not Moving Forward At HBO
Deadline reports the Game of Thrones prequel pilot starring Naomi Watts will no longer move forward at HBO.
Before Game of Thrones concludes its eight-season run earlier this year, HBO hired a team of writers to develop a number of potential spin-offs and eventually selected a prequel that would eventually star Naomi Watts in an unknown role. While production on the Game of Thrones pilot was completed, Deadline has heard that showrunner and writer Jane Goldman has been emailing cast and crew to inform them of HBO’s decision to cancel the project.
News of HBO’s decision to pull the plug on the Game of Thrones prequel comes after rumors of a troubled production for the Naomi Watts pilot, which was shot in Northern Ireland. The outlet notes that HBO has not confirmed this latest development on the Naomi Watts project.
Details on the Game of Thrones prequel are still under wraps, though the series was said to be set roughly 5,000 years before the events of George R. R. Martin’s original story. Directed and executive produced by S. J. Clarkson, the pilot featured an ensemble cast that included Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Toby Regbo, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Alex Sharp, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriguez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, and Dixie Egerickx.
In September, HBO has the unofficial green light to another Game of Thrones prequel from George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Centered on the downfall of House Targaryen, the second prequel is set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
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