HBO has decided not to move forward with the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts, according to Deadline. The site says that showrunner Jane Goldman has been telling the cast and crew that the pilot is dead.
The prequel, created by Goldman and author George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), was going to take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. The series was to chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. It was described as follows: “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 Game of Thrones prequel cast also included Josh Whitehouse (Poldark), Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Denise Gough (Monday), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia films), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter films, The Crying Game) and Toby Regbo (The Last Kingdom, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald).
Directed by S.J. Clarkson, the pilot was based on a story from Goldman and Martin, with a teleplay credited to Goldman. Goldman and Martin would also serve as executive producers, along with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline).
While this project is no longer moving forward, a second prequel pilot was ordered by HBO in September from Martin and Ryan Condal. It is expected to be set 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones and centers on the beginning of the end for House Targaryen.