HBO announced a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to “House of the Dragon,” a prequel series to “Game of Thrones.” The show was co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. HBO added that Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal will partner as showrunners and will also serve as executive producers along with George R.R. Martin and Vince Gerardis. The new series was announced at WarnerMedia Day by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. Miguel Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal and Sapochnik will partner as showrunners on the series, which will be written by Condal.

“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” says Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”

The new “House of the Dragon” is Sapochnik’s first project as part of an HBO overall deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max. Sapochnik won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series as well as the DGA Award for the “Game of Thrones” episode, “Battle of The Bastards.” He was also nominated for Emmy in 2019 for directing the “Game of Thrones” episode, “The Long Night” and won the Emmy for Best Drama Series as an Executive Producer for the final season. In total, Sapochnik has directed six episodes of “Game of Thrones,” including “Hardhome” and “Winds of Winter,” in addition to the episodes previously noted. He also directed the film, “Bios” for Amblin Studios starring Tom Hanks which debuts in the fall of 2020. Previously, Sapochnik directed episodes of “True Detective” for HBO and “Banshee” for Cinemax.

Ryan Condal was the co-creator and showrunner of “Colony” for three seasons. He was the writer of MGM’s “Hercules” and is currently adapting the graphic novel Analog as a feature for Lionsgate.

HBO Max is expected to launch in May of 2020, and will cost $14.99 per month. At launch, AT&T will immediately offer HBO Max to the roughly 10M HBO subscribers on AT&T distribution platforms, at no additional charge. HBO Now direct-billed users who subscribe directly through HBONow.com will also have access to Warner Media’s HBO Max. AT&T customers on premium video, mobile and broadband services will be offered bundles with HBO Max included at no additional charge.

The other projects announced tonight include a new Gina Rodriguez movie, and the network also confirmed that “Rick and Morty” episodes will be available to subscribers. The company outlined the kids content that is slated to launch on the service, as well as new shows from Elizabeth Banks and Mindy Kaling. HBO Max is also the new home to Ridley Scott’s “Raised by Wolves” sci-fi series, and will be the future home to the DC Comic series “Strange Adventures” and “Green Lantern.”

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