WarnerMedia made a slew of announcements this week regarding their upcoming streaming service HBO Max, the most important of which is the fact that it will launch in May 2020 for $14.99 a month. That will make it one of the more expensive streaming packages out there, although current HBO subscribers will get it for free and an ad-supported tier will is being considered for 2021. They also announced that Rick and Morty and South Park will stream exclusively on HBO Max plus there are Green Lantern and Strange Adventures shows in development from Greg Berlanti, a sci-fi series from Ridley Scott and four new Adventure Time specials (among others). They also confirmed that a Game of Thrones prequel series has been officially greenlit at HBO. Hit the jump for more details.
HBO has ordered 10 episodes of a new Game of Thrones spin-off called House of the Dragon. The show will be set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones and will focus on the story of House Targaryen. Based on George R.R. Martin’s companion book Fire & Blood, the pilot will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik who will also serve as co-showrunner alongside Ryan Condal.
The news comes just after it was being reported that the network had opted not to move forward with a different Game of Thrones spin-off which would have taken place thousands of years before the events of the original show. A pilot for the show, rumoured to be called Bloodmoon or The Long Night, had already been shot with Naomi Watts headlining the cast. There were also a few other Game of Thrones spin-offs in development at HBO although their current status is unknown. Will you be subscribing to HBO Max? Are you looking forward to this particular Game of Thrones prequel?