An Animated “Game of Thrones” Series Under Consideration at HBO Max
Last week we learned about a fresh Game of Thrones prequel based on George R. R. Martin’s novellas, “Tales of Dunk and Egg.” Now, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that an animated Game of Thrones drama is under consideration at HBO Max. THR reports that the animated idea is part of a larger strategy to expand Martin’s fantasy world of dragons and direwolves at HBO.
Currently, HBO has the House Targaryen-centered House of the Dragon prequel already set, starring Olivia Cooke, Matt Smith, and Emma D’Arcy. That series is scheduled to begin production this spring. Then there’s the aforementioned news about turning Martin’s novellas about the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg) into a series. Unlike House of the Dragon, Tales of Dunk and Egg is not yet set, but there’s talk it could end up on HBO Max. Martin readers have long been clamoring for this particular story to find its way on screen.
THR reports that the Game of Thrones expansion plans were in the works well before Disney’s big reveal during their investor’s day in December that they had almost a dozen new Star Wars projects and another dozen or so Marvel TV series in the works for Disney+. Now that HBO has HBO Max, it makes sense to build out the rich, much-beloved fantasy universe that Martin created. With a ton of choices, the overwhelmed viewer will often choose the streaming service that has a library packed with titles they’re pretty sure they’ll love. Considering the legion of Game of Thrones fans, an animated spinoff and two prequel series might just be the beginning.
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Featured image: Season 8, episode 4 (debut 5/5/19): Emilia Clarke. Photo: HBO