Previous Game of Thrones pilot cost $ 30 million before canceling – .

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Previous Game of Thrones pilot cost $ 30 million before canceling – .


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As HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones drew to a close a few years ago, the premium cable network rolled out several spinoff shows, only one of which made it to the series.

House of the Dragon, based on George RR Martin’s accompanying book on House Targaryen’s Three-Century Reign, will debut on HBO in 2022.

A new book titled Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by James Andrew Miller has revealed that the first spin-off, supposedly called The Long Night, from writer Jane Goldman with stars Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson, has cost $ 30 million. for just the pilot, before they decide not to go ahead.

Spin-off: As HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones drew to a close a few years ago, the premium cable network rolled out several spin-off shows, only one of which made it to the series.

Prequel star: A new book titled Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by James Andrew Miller, revealed that the first spin-off, which would be titled The Long Night, from writer Jane Goldman with stars Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson, cost the pilot a mere $ 30million, before they decided not to go ahead

Prequel star: A new book titled Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by James Andrew Miller, revealed that the first spin-off, which would be titled The Long Night, from writer Jane Goldman with stars Naomi Watts and Miranda Richardson, cost the pilot a mere $ 30million, before they decided not to go ahead

Former WarnerMedia Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt was interviewed for the book, revealing that when he got on board, the pilot was already in production.

“They had spent over $ 30 million on a Game of Thrones prequel pilot that was in production when I got there,” Greenblatt said in the book (via Insider).

“And when I saw a cut of it a few months after I got there, I said to (HBO content director) Casey (Bloys), ‘It just doesn’t work and I don’t think it delivers on the promise of. the original series. ‘ And he didn’t disagree, which was actually a relief, ”Greeblatt added.

Didn't deliver: 'And when I saw a cut of it a few months after I arrived, I said to (HBO Content Director) Casey (Bloys),' It just isn't working and I don't. think not keeps the promise of the original series. '  And he didn't disagree, which was actually a relief, ”Greeblatt added.

Didn’t deliver: ‘And when I saw a cut of it a few months after I arrived, I said to (HBO Content Director) Casey (Bloys),’ It just isn’t working and I don’t. think not keeps the promise of the original series. ‘ And he didn’t disagree, which was actually a relief, ”Greeblatt added.

“So unfortunately we decided to unplug it. There was tremendous pressure to get it right and I don’t think it would have worked, ”Greenblatt added.

The spin-off was one of five prequel shows announced in 2017, the others being written by Max Borenstein, Carly Wray, Brian Helgeland and Game of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman.

Only Goldman’s show got into the pilot phase, with the show supposedly being called The Long Night.

Spin-off: The spin-off was one of five prequel shows announced in 2017, along with the others written by Max Borenstein, Carly Wray, Brian Helgeland and Game of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman

Spin-off: The spin-off was one of five prequel shows announced in 2017, along with the others written by Max Borenstein, Carly Wray, Brian Helgeland and Game of Thrones writer-producer Bryan Cogman

The show reportedly explored the history of the White Walkers and the mysteries of the East, while focusing on Houses Stark and Lannister.

The Long Night is also said to have unfolded thousands of years before the events of the HBO series and the books it was based on by George RR Martin.

The cast also included Naomi Ackie, Jamie Campbell Bower, Georgie Henley, Richard McCabe, Toby Regbo and Marquis Rodriguez, to name a few.

White Walkers: The show reportedly explored the history of the White Walkers and the mysteries of the East, while focusing on Houses Stark and Lannister

White Walkers: The show reportedly explored the history of the White Walkers and the mysteries of the East, while focusing on Houses Stark and Lannister

Before: The Long Night is also said to have happened thousands of years before the events of the HBO series and the books it was based on by George RR Martin

Before: The Long Night is also said to have happened thousands of years before the events of the HBO series and the books it was based on by George RR Martin

Fans were quite surprised in 2019 when HBO revealed that the Goldman show was not moving forward on the series.

On the same day, a previously unannounced prequel based on Martin’s companion book House of the Dragon, which Greenblatt said went much further in development.

“I was the one who encouraged Casey to give the show the go-ahead. I said, “Let’s not risk $ 30 million on a pilot. You can’t spend $ 30 million on a pilot project and then not get it back. So I said, “Let’s not do a pilot. Let’s do a good show that we feel good about, and let’s do it. Or not, ”Greenblatt said.

Dragon: On This Same Day, a previously unannounced prequel based on Martin's companion book House of the Dragon, which Greenblatt said went much further in development

Dragon: On This Same Day, a previously unannounced prequel based on Martin’s companion book House of the Dragon, which Greenblatt said went much further in development

Risk: “I was the one who encouraged Casey to give the show the go-ahead.  I said,

Risk: “I was the one who encouraged Casey to give the show the go-ahead. I said, “Let’s not risk $ 30 million on a pilot. You can’t spend $ 30 million on a pilot project and then not get it back. So I said, “Let’s not do a pilot. Let’s do a good show that we feel good about, and just do it. Or not, ”Greenblatt said.

The executive added that HBO was doing so well that they were practically “knocking the money” resulting in overspending, adding that they had “lost a lot of discipline” and thought their process needed to be “overhauled”.

Besides House of the Dragon, HBO also announced in July that there were three animated spinoffs in development for its HBO Max streaming service.

Another spin-off was announced in May, written by Amanda Segel, following Princess Nymeria and her journey with the surviving Rhoynars from Essos to Dorne.

Author George RR Martin signed a new global deal with HBO in March.

Discipline: The executive added that HBO was doing so well that they were practically in the process of

Discipline: The executive added that HBO was doing so well that they were practically “hitting the money” resulting in overspending, adding that they had “lost a lot of discipline” and that ‘he thought their process needed to be’ overhauled ‘.

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