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HBO orders 10 episodes of Game Of Thrones prequel

LOS ANGELES :  A prequel series to the TV fantasy phenomenon Game Of Thrones, which concluded its run in May has been ordered, WarnerMedia announced on Tuesday, as it set out launch details for its new HBO Max streaming service.

The new show in George R.R. Martin's fictional world of Westeros will take place 300 years prior to Thrones and will be called House Of The Dragon and based on his book Fire & Blood, which tells the story of the murderous, dragon-breeding Targaryen family.

It is co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal, who will write the 10-episode series and serve as showrunner alongside Miguel Sapochnik, who directed multiple Thrones episodes.

The news comes hours after reports in the Hollywood press that another separate Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts had been cancelled.

A pilot had been made but HBO, the home of the original fantasy epic, decided not to take the show to a full series, it was reported.

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As many as five Thrones successor series have been put into early stages of development by HBO. But before House Of The Dragon's announcement, only the reportedly scrapped Watts pilot had entered production, and none had received a full series order. - AFP

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