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Game of Thrones Prequel

Starting to hear more and more tid bits on this as it gets closer. So I started a thread for it. I can have the mods change the thread title when we get closer but wanted to put this placeholder in now so we can begin discussing it, posting news, etc. Figured we didn't want to clutter the other thread for the original, plus we don't know what the title will really end up being.


Naomi Watts to Star in 'Game of Thrones' Prequel for HBO
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter - Oct. 30, 2018

HBO has found the cornerstone of its Game of Thrones prequel.

Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts has been tapped to star in the as-yet untitled project from creator Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin.

The drama, picked up to pilot in June, is set thousands of years before the events of the HBO flagship. The story chronicles the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. A logline from the network teased the plot without divulging any specifics: "Only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it's not the story we think we know."

Watts will play a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret. The character's name is not being revealed.

The pilot is based on a story from Goldman and Martin, with the teleplay credited to Goldman. Goldman will also serve as showrunner. In addition to Goldman and Martin, executive producers on the series include current Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis, as well as Damages and Bloodline co-creator Daniel Zelman and Jim Danger Gray. Chris Symes will serve as a co-EP.

Goldman and Martin's Game of Thrones prequel is the first of several potential series set in the world of Westeros to move forward at HBO beyond the script phase. In May 2017, a multitude of writers were revealed by the pay cabler to be working on what Martin himself has described as "successor shows." Those writers include Goldman, Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Brian Helgeland (Legend), Carly Wray (Westworld) and Game of Thrones veteran Bryan Cogman. Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are not involved in the successor show effort, focusing instead on the forthcoming final season of Game of Thrones after more than a decade spent wandering the world of the Seven Kingdoms.

Speaking previously with The Hollywood Reporter, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said that any Game of Thrones successors, if greenlighted, would not air "until at least a year after the final season." The exec also added that he did not expect every one of the scripts to move forward beyond the page.

For her part, Watts has earned two lead actress Oscar nominations (for 21 Grams and The Impossible) and also counts starring roles in such films as Mulholland Drive, King Kong and Birdman. On the TV side, her credits include Showtime's Twin Peaks revival and Netflix's Gypsy, the latter of which she also executive produced. The actress most recently starred in Ophelia and will next appear in Once Upon a Time in Staten Island, The Wolf Hour, Boss Level and Luce. Watts is repped by CAA, Linsten Management, Untitled Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.

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Game of Thrones prequel pilot ordered by HBO: All the details ...


HBO has officially greenlit a follow-up pilot to its acclaimed international hit Game of Thrones and it sounds just as massively ambitious as the original series.


The network has ordered a prequel drama from writer Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) and author George R.R. Martin. The network has released an official description of the show’s storyline, and it’s another tale spread across multiple locations and clans: 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. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”


According to Martin’s books, the Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events in GoT. Some of the major names which could be characters in the new show include Bran the Builder (who founded House Stark and oversaw construction of The Wall and Winterfell) and Lann the Clever (who founded House Lannister). The era led into the Long Night — a winter that lasted a generation — and the greatest war against the white walkers. Then again, that’s what we think we know, and the logline for the new show says this is “not the story we think we know.”


The pilot doesn’t yet have a title. If greenlit to series, HBO has previously stated that no successor series will air until a year after GoT has its series finale. Since the eighth and final season of GoT is coming next year, the soonest we can see a successor series is 2020. If ordered to series, this will mark the first time in HBO’s history that the premium cable network has made a successor series to one of its shows.


Obviously, given the show’s timeline, it’s not expected to use any of the show’s current cast members (though the Night King making an appearance doesn’t seem out of the question). GoT showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have elected not to be involved; after finishing the final season the duo will transition to penning a new series of Star Wars films for Disney.


Goldman is credited as co-creator on the drama along with Martin and will serve as showrunner. Goldman won a highly unusual bake-off that HBO put into motion last fall between five different writers, each tasked with developing a Game of Thrones follow-up series. GoT is considered a lightning-in-a-bottle hit, and the idea was to maximize the network’s chances of finding a successor that fans would embrace. Sources say the other four prequel ideas are still under consideration.


Having a new series set in Westeros from the perspective of a female showrunner should generate buzz as GoT has often provoked debate about the show’s treatment of its female characters in a fantasy world, albeit one inspired by the historical brutality of medieval Europe.


The stakes are high for HBO. The importance of the franchise to the premium cable network — and to its corporate parent Time Warner, which frequently cites the fantasy drama in investor conference calls — is tough to overstate. GoT is HBO’s most popular series of all time, averaging 23 million viewers last season in the U.S. alone. It’s also the most Emmy Award-winning drama ever made, with 38 Emmys and counting. And despite its steep price tag (the show now costs more than $15 million per episode before marketing), GoT is hugely financially lucrative; HBO owns the show, which it sells worldwide along with an array of merchandising and home video releases.


But the network should be in good hands with Goldman, a British writer with an impressive resume of popular big-screen genre titles. She began her career in journalism and writing books, then landed her own paranormal TV series, Jane Goldman Investigates, in 2003. She then partnered with director Matthew Vaughan on hits Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the Kingsman films. She also wrote the scripts for the film adaptations of The Women in Black and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In December, it was announced that Goldman would write the script for Disney’s upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid film.


https://ew.com/tv/2018/06/08/game-th...-jane-goldman/

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Figured we didn't want to clutter the other thread for the original, plus we don't know what the title will really end up being.
Pre-Game of Thrones.
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I won't complain about any additional shows set in Westeros, but I really wish Martin would first focus on finishing his original Song of Fire and Ice book series.
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Josh Whitehouse Set As ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Lead

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has set Josh Whitehouse to a lead role in HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel pilot from writer Jane Goldman and author/GOT co-executive producer George R.R. Martin that has Naomi Watts heading a fast-forming ensemble cast.

Whitehouse is a British actor who starred in Northern Soul and most recently wrapped the lead role in The Happy Worker, the David Lynch-exec produced drama directed by Lynch protege Duwayne Dunham. Whitehouse next stars in MGM’s musical retelling of the cult classic Valley Girl, playing the lead role originated by Nicolas Cage. He currently can be seen in the BBC series Poldark, and on billboards as the face of Burberry’s new fragrance campaign, ‘Mr. Burberry.’

The story line and roles are being kept close to the vest at HBO, which would not comment.

The untitled prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones. It chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.

Watts was announced yesterday to play a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.

Goldman serves as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin as well as fellow GOT co-executive producer Vince Gerardis and Damages and Bloodline co-creator Daniel Zelman. Added since the June pilot green light are former BBC Studios executive James Farrell and Jim Danger Gray as executive producers and Chris Symes as co-executive producer. As previously announced, GOT creators/exec producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have no involvement in the potential offshoots.

Whitehouse is represented by CAA, United Agents in London, Untitled Entertainment, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.

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Game of Thrones Prequel Starring Naomi Watts Has Started Filming in Northern Ireland


Winter isn’t over yet!


Filming for the anticipated Game of Thrones spinoff series kicked off in Northern Ireland last week, according to local outlet the Belfast Telegraph.
The outlet reported that shooting was taking place in a “remote secret location in Co Down and on the north coast last week,” and that the Titanic Studios in Belfast were preparing for filming. HBO had no comment when reached by PEOPLE.


The series, from creators George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman, will take place thousands of years before the events in Game of Thrones and “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” according to HBO’s official description.


“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 official description continues.


Martin previously told Entertainment Weekly that “Westeros is a very different place” in the prequel, compared to the Westeros fans are familiar with from Game of Thrones.


“There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series,” he said.


While HBO has not yet confirmed an official title for the series, Martin, 70, said last year that it will be called The Long Night.
Naomi Watts (King Kong) stars in the prequel alongside Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth) and Denise Gough (Broadway’s Angels in America), among others.


HBO’s Programming President Casey Bloys told EW in February that production on the prequel would begin in early summer 2019, so everything seems to be right on track. Bloys also previously said that the prequel would not air until at least a year after the conclusion of Game ofThrones. So if all continues as planned, fans can probably expect the new series in 2020 or 2021.


The pilot will be directed by SJ Clarkson (Jessica Jones), who will executive produce along with James Farrell, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis, Daniel Zelman and co-executive producer Chris Symes. Martin and Goldman also executive produce, with Goldman serving as showrunner.


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Although I am looking forward to this prequel, I would have preferred a story about Valyria at it's peak and how it fell. The culmination of that being the departure of the Targaryans to Dragonstone as the first step towards the conquering of Westeros.
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I already know how it ends.

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May it become successful enough to spawn a hugely popular series only to get torn down by its fans during the final season.
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Filming has started in Belfast.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/18/enter...rnd/index.html

Guess all those people who worked on GoT get to keep to keep their gigs for at least a couple of years longer.
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I wonder if I'll run into any production while I am visiting (still planning) in middle November.

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I may wait to see if the showrunners know how to end an epic series set in this world before committing.
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I may wait to see if the showrunners know how to end an epic series set in this world before committing.
Benioff and Weiss trashtalked the Lost ending when GoT was about to air.

So how would we know? Jane Goldman has a track record but I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO are hiring as much of the production staff and writers from GoT as they could.

Well within reason. They may not blow out the budget at the start until they see what kind of reception it gets, then maybe ramp it up, just as they did with GoT.
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George R.R. Martin reveals 5 new facts about HBO's Game of Thrones prequel

EW recently spoke to author and executive producer George R.R. Martin about showrunner Jane Goldman’s pilot, which is currently filming in Northern Ireland...Martin gave some intriguing hints about the state of Westeros during this time period, and even noted a possible new title...1) Westeros is divided into roughly 100 kingdoms in the prequel 2) There are Starks and direwolves 3) There will not be any Lannisters — at least not at first...

https://ew.com/tv/2019/07/09/george-...prequel-facts/
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