Game of Thrones is going animated for HBO Max. Multiple reports claim that an adult animated game of Thrones spin-off is in the “very early” stages of development for AT & T-owned WarnerMedia’s fledgling streaming service, currently exclusive to the US. HBO Max has been met with several writers to hear pitches, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but no deals have been finalized. Additionally, there’s no word on what an animated Thrones series would focus on, or even what period of Westeros history it would be set in.
For, the animated series is part of a strategy to make the most of George RR Martin’s IP, with the author tied to a lucrative overall deal at . Back in 2017, HBO had been exploring , though only one – led by Naomi Watts – ended up getting a pilot order. That too was after HBO looked at the pilot. HBO then gave a series order to , a prequel that tells the story of House Targaryen 300 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones.
Then last week, reports emerged that HBO was developing a Thrones prequel based on Martin’s novellas, ““. That is set 90 years prior to the events we witnessed in the eight seasons of the epic fantasy series and would follow “Dunk” (Ser Duncan the Tall, the future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard) and “Egg” (Aegon V Targaryen, future king of Westeros). Aegon V was the father of the Mad King, grandfather to Daenerys Targaryen, and great-grandfather to Jon Snow.
HBO’s renewed efforts to expand the world of Thrones might seem like a response tounveiling dozens of and series for – a rival to HBO Max – in , but people familiar with the matter told THR that these expansion plans have been long been in the works. The only thing that has changed in recent times is WarnerMedia’s aggressive push to grow , that has to convert existing pay TV HBO subscribers over to HBO Max, even though it’s complimentary.
It’s why the animated Thrones series is being explored for HBO Max, while the Dunk & Egg series is being developed for HBO (the TV channel). For those of us in India, that would mean the latter would end up on, while the former wouldn’t be available here. Of course, that’s only going by the deals currently in place.
In recent months, HBO Max has announced spin-offs and revivals for multiple IPs it owns, including aseries called from James Gunn, a continuation of Sex and the City called And Just Like That …, and just this week, a live-action series set in the world of .
first brought word of an animated game of Thrones in early development at HBO Max, with later confirming and noting that it’s in very early stages.