HBO program director Casey Bloys also released further information on the canceled Naomi Watts pilot project.
Game of Thrones fans wonâ€™t have to wait long for the first of many evolving prequel series to reach HBOâ€™s cable waves. In a new chat with Variety, HBO program director Casey Bloys pointed out a possible broadcast date for 2022, which is likely to be the first spin-off: â€œHouse of the Dragonâ€ series has not yet set any production dates â€“ he told retailers that the team is â€œespecially in the groundbreaking historyâ€. â€¦ I guess weâ€™ll see it in the air in â€™22. â€œ
In the final days of HBOâ€™s fantasy hit, the cable outfit hinted at a number of potential spin-offs, sequels, and prequels that could follow the Smash series. At one point, the rumored series was four and then five possible offers. The first to make it out of the gate: â€œHouse of the Dragonâ€, which focused on the early days of House Targaryen.
In November, HBO announced that it would place a series order for the prequel â€œHouse of the Dragonâ€ series. Emmy director and throne alum Miguel Sapochnik lead the pilot and show the series together with Ryan Condal. With George R. R. Martin and Vince Gerardis as executive producers, the new prequel series is based on Martinâ€™s â€œFire and Bloodâ€ novel and takes place 300 years before the original series and focuses on the rise of House Targaryen.
Other possible series have fallen by the wayside in recent months, including a prequel set starring Naomi Watts by writer Jane Goldman. Bloys was a bit more talkative than the pilot of this show, which HBO wanted to pass on earlier this year.
â€œPilots â€“ sometimes they come together, sometimes they donâ€™t,â€ said Bloys. â€œAnd I would say that was very much the case here. There is nothing I would point out and say, â€œOh, that was the problem.â€ â€¦ That [prequel] was 8,000 years before the current show, so a lot more inventions were required. One of the advantages of â€œHouse of the Dragonâ€ is that there was a text by George and a bit more a roadmap. [Goldmans Prequel] had more challenges building a world, but I think she did a wonderful job â€¦ there was no blatant thing. â€œ