Game of Thrones Prequel Pilot cost $ 30 million, was canceled

Game of Thrones character Jon Snow is battling blood in his face.

Jon Snow fights his way through one Game of Thrones section vi did come to see.
Picture: HBO

Making a follow-up to one of the greatest fantasy shows ever has been a journey worthy of Westeros’ most powerful heroes. When Game of Thrones ended back in 2019, HBO already knew that wanted the world to continue. Several ideas were fought around with one eventually rises to the top. A script was written, the show was cast, and an episode was filmed before the show was scrapped. And now we know how much it all costs.

Insider reports that in a new book called Tinderbox: HBOs Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers by James Andrew Miller, it’s revealed it the canceled pilot cost over $ 30 million. You read that right. We did not add an extra zero. Thirty million-plus for the episode, and it was smashed. “They had spent over $ 30 million on one Game of Thrones prequel pilot that was in production when I got there, ”says former chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment Bob Greenblatt in the book. “And when I saw a cut of it a few months after I arrived, I said to Casey [Bloys, chief content officer] ‘This just does not work and I do not think it lives up to the promise of the original series.’ And he did not disagree, which was actually a relief. “

The show is written by Kick ass and Kingsman writer Jane Goldman and starred The ring’s Naomi Watts, Harry Potter‘s Miranda Richardson, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s Naomi Ackie, and Georgie Henley from Chronicles of Narnia. It was set thousands and thousands of years before the events of the TV show and was to show Westeros’ transition from the prosperous “Age of Heroes” to “The Long Night”,”, Which was often mentioned in the program.

“So we unfortunately decided to pull the plug,” Greenblatt added. “There was a huge amount of pressure to get it right, and I don’t think it would have worked.” A few months after that the plug was pulled, Bloys did an interview with Deadline and added even more context. “In development, in pilots, sometimes things are connected, sometimes they are not,” he said in early 2020. “One of the things I think Jane took on beautifully, which was a challenge that was much more role-playing because she put her 8,000 years before [original] show, so it required a lot more. It’s a big turn. One of the things about Dragon House, there is a text that is a book, so that made it a little more of a roadmap for a series order. ”

Yes. It brings us to Dragon’s House, that Game of Thrones prequel shows it is is definitely happening and premieres in 2022. “I’m the one who encouraged Casey to give the green light to series,” Greenblatt is quoted as saying in Tinderbox.I said, ‘Let’s not risk $ 30 million on a pilot.’ You can not spend $ 30 million on a pilot and then not pick it up. So I said, ‘Let’s not make a pilot. Let’s have a great series that we enjoy and just make it. Or not.'”

This time, they’re obviously fine with it.

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