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HBO axed first 'Game of Thrones' spinoff after spending over $30 million on pilot: Report

07:22 PM Dec 02, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

HBO spent a whopping $30 million on the pilot for cancelled 'Game of Thrones' prequel 'The Long Night', a new book recently revealed.

A book titled 'Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers' by journalist James Andrew Miller includes one key financial detail about the first abandoned 'Game of Thrones' prequel series.

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According to several media reports, an executive working for the company at the time said HBO spent a whooping amount on a pilot episode for a show that isn't expected to ever see the light of day.

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"They had spent over $30 million on a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel pilot that was in production when I got there," former WarnerMedia executive Bob Greenblatt said in the book.

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"And when I saw a cut of it in a few months after I arrived, I said to [HBO boss Casey Bloys], 'This just doesn’t work and I don’t think it delivers on the promise of the original series.' And he didn’t disagree, which actually was a relief."

The pilot episode of the unreleased 'Game of Thrones' prequel was reportedly filmed in Northern Ireland in 2019, but was ultimately shelved. However, HBO did announce that a separate series, the upcoming 'Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon', had been given the greenlight.

Just this week, news also broke that Steve Conrad has been hired as the writer and executive producer of a second spinoff series titled 'Dunk & Egg.' There’s also reports that HBO is developing two animated series set in the 'Thrones' universe.

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