HBO has confirmed that it is releasing a “Game of Thrones” prequel titled “House of Dragon.” It is based on the book “Fire and Blood” by George R. R. Martin, which tells the history of House of Targaryen.
The first volume of “Fire and Blood” was released on November 20, 2018. It contains “The Targaryen Conquest,” “The Peace of the Dragon,” “The Sons of the Dragon,” “Heirs of the Dragon,” “The Dying of the Dragons” and “Aftermath.”
Martin co-created “House of Dragon” with Ryan Condal, who will be writing the series. Partnering with Condal as showrunner is Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct the pilot and additional episodes.
Sapochnik has a deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and AT&T’s streaming service HBO Max, which will launch for $14.99 a month in May 2020. As part of the deal, his first project is “House of Dragon,” which he will co-executive produce with Martin, Condal and Vince Gerardis.
HBO executive Casey Bloys announced that the prequel is happening at an event for HBO Max. The event took place at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, United States on October 29, 2019.
“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” the Hollywood Reporter quoted Bloys as saying. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”
Set 300 years before the “Game of Thrones” events, “House of Dragon” is expected to have 10 episodes. It tells the story of the ancestors of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).
Details about “House of Dragon” premiere have yet to be announced. Previously, it was announced that the untitled “Game of Thrones” prequel by Jane Goldman would not be moving forward.
The untitled prequel was said to take place during the Age of Heroes, which was thousands of years before the “Game of Thrones” events. Its cast includes Naomi Watts, Miranda Richardson, Joshua Whitehouse and Marquis Rodriguez.
Meanwhile, here is an interview with Martin at The Emmanuel Centre in London, England on August 8, 2019: