Plus, more Game of Thrones at TCA.
House of the Dragon, HBO’s straight-to-series prequel to their hit series Game of Thrones, is on track for a 2022 launch, President of Programming Casey Bloys revealed in an interview at this month’s TCA Winter Press Tour.
When asked by Deadline about when the highly anticipated series will premiere, he said “My guess is sometime in 2022.”
He also stressed that it is far too early to be any more specific, but confirmed that George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal have already started writing.
Written by Condal, and based on Martin’s Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is set around 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones, and tells the story of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragonlord ancestors.
There’s no casting news for the “complicated” series, but GoT veteran Miguel Sapochnik and Condal have joined forces as showrunners and will also serve as executive producers on the series, alongside co-executive producers Vince Gerardis and Martin.
It seems, however, that while HBO were stacking up multiple potential GoT spinoffs, House of the Dragon is now the only one left standing.
“For me for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority,” Bloys revealed. “There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of the Dragon.”
He also explained a little as to why the other GoT prequel, which was to star Naomi Watts, was not picked up to series.
“In development, in pilots, sometimes things come together, sometimes they don’t,” he explained. “One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge, there was a lot more world creation because she set hers 8,000 years before the (mothership) show, so it required a lot more. That is a big swing. One of the things about House of Dragons, there is a text, there is a book so that made it a little bit more of a road map for a series order.”
“I think Jane did a beautiful job, it was a big challenge but there was nothing that I would point to and say, oh, that one element did not work, just overall it did not quite gel. That’s one of the reasons when we started out to think about ‘Is there a life after Game of Thrones in terms of Game of Thrones’, we purposefully developed multiple projects. We would have been very lucky to do one pilot, have that pilot go and be a success but in development as you know, it takes a lot of tries to get it right. This is no different.”
More on House of the Dragon when we have it.