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Long Night Pilot Dead at HBO

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According to Deadline, the Jane Goldman-led pilot set in the era leading up to the Long Night is not getting a series pickup from HBO. While there’s no official statement from HBO to this end, reporting has it that Goldman has been contacting cast and crew to inform them of this.

As we noted at Worldcon, Linda and I did some consulting work on the project. Our interaction with Jane and follow executive producer James Farrell impressed us with their dedication and interest in the setting and its history.

Some guessed this might be the outcome after word spilled last month that a new pilot was nearing an order from HBO, one somehow based on the Targaryen history in the Targaryen history presented in Fire & Blood (Amazon) and being developed by Ryan Condal. At his “Not a Blog”, George R.R. Martin spoke very approvingly of the bible and pilot script Condal had put together, but so far there has been no clear confirmation that this is the next pilot to be filmed.

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At the same time as D&D leaves Star Wars. Coincidence? Maybe all this is just a PR stunt and they will revive the show with D&D as showrunners?

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15 minutes ago, Mordor said:

At the same time as D&D leaves Star Wars. Coincidence? Maybe all this is just a PR stunt and they will revive the show with D&D as showrunners?

James Hibberd said he heard that this would be the case "a few weeks ago", so just coincidence. 

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The owner of HBO just informed the investors their cable networks are losing subscribers massively. The era of premium cable is dead and they are getting desperate to catch the streaming train. They need a huge headline grabber which will be able to compete with all the megaexpensive shows on Disney+, Amazon, Netflix, Apple and others. This was clearly not it. My quess HBO will now go full in with their Targarien show and there will be dragons and huge battle scenes and they will spend an offensive amount of money on it. Everything the former HBO boss said they won´t do. 

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