Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts has been dropped by HBO

29 Oct 2019 | by Danielle Hastings

A Game of Thrones prequel series starring Naomi Watts has been dropped by HBO, according to Variety.

Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts has been dropped by HBO

HBO executives watched a pilot over the summer but were reportedly not impressed with it, according to TV Line. Producer Jane Goldman was then asked to return to editing and make a host of changes, however, the end result still failed to impress, according to the website.

The prequel series was one of several Game of Thrones-based projects put into development by HBO following the conclusion of season eight earlier this year, but none of the other projects are believed to be moving forward at this stage either, according to Variety.

The series was due to be set thousands of years before the events of the original series.

A synopsis for the canned prequel reads: "The series chronicles the world's descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history and the true origin of the White Walkers, to the mysteries of the East and the Starks of legend... it's not the story we think we know."

Speaking to net-a-porter in August, Watts said: "I didn't start watching until I was approached about this job. But my brother [photographer Ben Watts], who is heavily into it, told me, 'Under no circumstances are you going to turn this down.'"

The news will no doubt elicit mixed feelings among fans of the show. Many viewers were left disappointed by the final season, claiming it failed to live up to the hype created by previous series. However, the public backlash over anti-climatic plot points and misplaced coffee cups didn't stop the season from going on to receive 32 Emmy nominations - more than any show has ever received in a single year.

The final season ultimately clinched 12 of these awards, including the all important 'Outstanding Drama Series' award.