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HBO Reportedly Spent Over $300 Million on ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Pilot They’ve Now Cancelled

So HBO reportedly tossed $300 million in the “Game of Thrones” spinoff, the prequel House of the Dragon, they have now axed.

Per Entertainment Weekly. they even shot the pilot already that stars Naomi Watts, and addressing this on a recent interview, former WarnerMedia chairman Bob Greenblatt said they pulled the plug on one failed show and its incredibly expensive pilot, while also moving forward with another spinoff.

“They had spent over $30 million on a Game of Thrones prequel pilot when I got there,” Greenblatt said. “And when I saw a cut of it in a few months after I arrived, I said to [HBO chief content officer] Casey [Bloys], ‘this just doesn’t work and I don’t think it delivers on the premise of the original series.’ And he didn’t disagree, which actually was a relief. So we, unfortunately, decided to pull the plug on it. There was enormous pressure to get it right and I don’t think it would have worked.”

While the franchise didn’t explain why it canceled the prequel, it has greenlit House of the Dragon. The latter already has source material in George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood to work with.

“I’m the one who encouraged Casey to green-light it to series. I said, ‘let’s not risk $30 million on a pilot.’ You can’t spend $30 million on a pilot and then not pick it up. So I said, ‘let’s not make a pilot. Let’s get a great series that we feel good about, and just make it. Or not,’” Greenblatt said. “They made the first pilot because they were protecting their own downside and protecting that brand, which I understand, but it was critical that we somehow continue that franchise and move quickly, which meant getting the series into production asap.”

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