HBO announces a series order for new Game of Thrones prequel “House of the Dragon” as they scrap the first prequel starring Naomi Watts. 

A new Game of Thrones prequel is in the works just days after the first prequel was scrapped by HBO. On Tuesday, HBO announced a series order for a Game of Thrones prequel named “House of the Dragon,” to be based on the Targaryen civil war. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the network revealed the Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts was no longer going ahead, despite the filming of a full pilot episode in Northern Ireland over the summer. 

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.@HBO announces series order for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, a @GameofThrones prequel series co-created by Ryan Condal and @GRRMspeaking, with Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik to partner as showrunners:

— HBO PR (@HBOPR) October 29, 2019

The latest ten-episode prequel is taking its place with Emmy-winning GoT director Miguel Sapochnik on board to direct the pilot and to work as co-showrunner. Sapochnik previously directed “Battle of the Bastards,” “Hardhome” and “The Long Night,” some of the most spectacular GoT episodes. 

“House of the Dragon” is also co-created by GoT author George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Colony) will be the other showrunner. The show is based on a 2018 book from Martin, “Fire & Blood,” which traced the history of the iconic Westorosi family, the Targaryens, over the course of 150 years. 

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Image: HBO.

Image: HBO.

As with the previously planned prequel, the events in the show will take place well before the Game of Thrones storyline but will be not as far back in time. 

HBO also released a poster for the new prequel including the tagline “Fire Will Reign.”

“The Game of Thrones universe is so rich with stories,” says Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan, and George.”

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss opted not to be involved in prequels. 

H/T: Entertainment Weekly.