In the new book, Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, former WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt opened up about the canceled prequel and revealed its price tag.
“They had spent over $ 30 million on a Game of Thrones prequel pilot that was in production when I got there,” Greenblatt said, as reported by IGN. “And when I saw a cut a few months after I arrived, I said to [HBO boss Casey Bloys], ‘It just doesn’t work, and I don’t think it delivers on the promises of the original series.’ And he didn’t disagree, which was actually a relief. “
Greenblatt said there was “tremendous pressure” to “get it right” to help the Game of Thrones franchise grow. When that wasn’t working, HBO decided to unplug and pursue other ideas.
Game of Thrones fans may recall that the pilot for the original Game of Thrones experienced a number of issues. The pilot starred actress Tamzin Merchant as Daenarys before HBO reprized the role with Emilia Clarke.
In addition to House of the Dragon, which will be released on HBO Max in 2022, HBO is moving forward with another show based on Dunk and Egg. Steve Conrad was hired to write it.
In other news, it was revealed that author George RR Martin lobbied for 10 seasons of Game of Thrones and was apparently not happy with the end of the series.