Money must grow on Weirwood trees for HBO! 

Based on James Andrew MillerThe latest book from? Tinderbox: HBO’s ruthless pursuit of new frontiers, the network spent more than $30 million on the pilot for a prequel series starring Naomi Watts which was unfortunately not picked up to go to series. 

Unnamed prequel to fantasy, set thousands of year before the events in Game of Thrones, planned to have Jane GoldmanShowrunner S.J. Clarkson as director. But after seeing a clip of the pilot, former WarnerMedia chairman Bob GreenblattI didn’t think the project would work. 

They had spent more than $30 million on advertising. Game of ThronesGreenblatt describes the prequel pilot I was when I arrived at Miller’s house in Miller’s book. And when I saw it in the months that followed my arrival, I was shocked to see how much I had missed. [HBO chief content officer] Casey [Bloys]“This doesn’t work, and it fails to live up to the original series’ premise,” he said. He didn’t dispute it, which was actually a relief.

“So, unfortunately we decided to pull out on it,” he says. It was a huge pressure on us to do it correctly and it didn’t work out for me.