HBO calls off Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts

HBO calls off Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts
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A new wave of shocking news has swept the entertainment industry. This comes shortly after the news broke that Game of Thrones’ David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are exiting their planned Star Wars Trilogy.

HBO has reportedly axed the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel that stars Naomi Watts. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, the premium cable network canceled the series. It was set to take place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

A full pilot episode directed by Jessica Jones’ S.J. Clarkson was shot earlier this year in Northern Ireland. It was written by author George R.R. Martin and co-created by Jane Goldman.

Deadline reported that only the cast and crew behind the series have found out that HBO will not be picking up a full series and ultimately decided to cancel it altogether. However, the network has not made an official announcement regarding the matter. The network commissioned the series back in June 2018, about a year before Game of Thrones wrapped up its final season.

The news comes as a shock to fans as HBO had been teasing details about the prequel over the past few months. Cast announcement and plot elements have been revealed over the period.

HBO previously released a description that read: “Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour,” as per Newsweek.

“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.”

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