The world of Game of Thrones may be expanding, but the prequel starring Naomi Watts is dead in the water.
Deadline first reported the news that the series written by Jane Goldman will not be getting a formal series order at the premium cable network.
The news is a little surprising given the talent associated with the series. It was poised to become the first in a long line of series that would be set before the parent series.
HBO has yet to confirm the news, but Deadline notes that Goldman, who also served as showrunner, has been contacting the cast and crew to let them know the show is not moving forward.
A pilot was filmed earlier this year, so it did make it far into the development process, but given that this will be a spinoff of one of the most popular shows in the world, expectations were high.
"Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour," reads the official logline for the Jane Goldman penned pilot.
"From the horrifying secrets of Westeros's history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It's not the story we think we know."
The cast of the pilot also included Miranda Richardson, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, and Toby Regbo.
Despite this highly anticipated spinoff being dead, another one is reportedly near to scoring a pilot order at HBO.
That one focuses on the beginning of the end for House Targaryen, meaning that there will be dragons. Would it be GOT without them?
George R.R. Martin will write the script for that one alongside Ryan J. Condal (Colony).
It would be based on the book titled Fire & Blood.
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