As "The Great Streaming Wars of 2020" continues down the inevitable road toward full artificial intelligence and self-awareness (think Skynet), WarnerMedia took to livestream on Tuesday to introduce their "warrior" to the battle field: HBO Max. And what better way to introduce your new streaming service to the world then with some mind-blowing announcements – involving a Game of Thrones prequel series?
Maybe this is why the Naomi Watts-starring Game of Thrones prequel pilot got shelved? On the same day that one pilot was put to rest, it was announced that House of the Dragon has received a direct-to-series order. Stemming from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, popular Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series. The series is based on Fire & Blood, and is set 300 years before the events of the cable series and tracks the origins of the fall of House Targaryen.
"HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform. HBO's world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is 'Friends'. Under the leadership of two of the strongest creative visionaries — Casey Bloys (HBO) and Kevin Reilly (original content and acquisitions) — and two of the most experienced digital experts — Tony Goncalves and Andy Forssell — I have no doubt they and their dedicated teams will deliver the world's best storytelling to audiences of all ages wherever and whenever they want it."
– Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer
HBO Max is WarnerMedia's direct-to-consumer offering debuting in spring 2020. With 10,000 hours of curated premium content anticipated at launch, HBO Max will offer powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and more.