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Following on recent news that HBO is taking pitches for prequels to Game of Thrones, The Hollywood Reporter has now revealed that another aspect of the process of turning Game of Thrones to new material is exploring creating an “adult-leaning” animated series. Per the article:

“Meetings with writers for the adult-leaning project, which would be similar in tone to HBO’s Emmy-winning flagship, are already under way. No deals have been made and there’s still a possibility that the animated series never comes to fruition.

“Reps for HBO Max declined comment.

“The animated idea is part of a larger strategy to expand the world of creator George R.R. Martin’s fantasy drama. Sources say development executives at HBO — led by drama head Francesca Orsi and her group — are working directly with Martin on building out the sprawling Game of Thrones world. (Martin remains under a rich overall deal with the cabler.)”

Funnily enough, we brought up the possibility—or likelihood, really—that HBO and HBO Max would be looking to expand the world into different forms beyond just a standard hour-long, multi-episode series, much as Disney and Paramount have done with Star Wars, Marvel, and Star Trek. In fact, the THR report notes that HBO was looking in this direction long before Disney announced its massive expansion of Star Wars series.

 

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Another project that is Game of Thrones related?

Well, I hope they take the opportunity to be faithful to the books with this potential "remake". If they adapt the books A Feast of Crows and A Dance with Dragons (with all those storylines and political-magical elements removed in Game of Thrones)... that would be fantastic!

Take that chance! After all, I don't see the point in watching an exact clone of Game of Thrones.

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To be clear, this would be some other prequel. Like turning "Sons of the Dragon" into an animated series, or Aegon's Conquest, or something such.

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Okay, the entire selling point of both Dunk & Egg AND Robert's Rebellion is that they're relatively low-budget (no dragons, no exotic locations).  Robert's Rebellion is a slightly larger scale, but with more "familiar faces" - the kind of thing you want live-action actors to suck people in to the fictional universe.  

So I don't think this is about those two, but a third separate idea.

Option 1 - It's some sort of major ongoing narrative show.

Option 2 - It's an anthology series, sort of like a high budget version of the popular "Histories & Lore" motion comics (popular because Benioff and Weiss didn't write them :) and they're basically just visualizing info from the World book).
 


So my guess is a higher concept version of the "Histories and Lore"....or perhaps, a loose adaptation of "the Andal Invasion" and "Long Night"....but  that overlaps, really, because that's essentially what the Histories and Lore already DID.  Sort of imagine an anthology season on "The Andal Invasions" which both adapts the World book, AND rounds it out with a bit more actual dialogue and info.  But as relatively short animated vignettes.  I can see that working.  THIS is the right way to do stories about the Long Night and Andal Invasions.

The other option is that they realized the Valyria prequel pitch would be so expensive that it would be easier to adapt in animated format.  I honestly don't have a preference, if they think that's the only way to show the scope of something.  

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For what it is worth, I'd enjoy kind of ASoIaF animated content ... mostly because I enjoy animated stuff, though.

Content-wise they could do anything with this, although conventionally animation means lighter content, thus possibly some completely new stuff.

Other FaB content would better work as a live action show - Jaehaerys and Alysanne could work as a fantasy version of The Crown, for instance, focusing on their marriage and their children the way that show does.

Aenys and Maegor also feel too brutal for a conventional animated show - that they try to something like the animated Harley Quinn show isn't all that likely.

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Oh i think it's all but assured we'll get Jaehaerys and Alysanne FaB content as the next wave of animated Histories and Lore packaged with House of the Dragon season one.  

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I love animation, and I think that HBO creating animated shows for adults could definitely inspire more companies to do the same, which is very exciting.

The Valyrian prequel seems like the most likely pitch to me, since it would require an insane amount of CGI for a live-action show. 

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They might want to invest in some feel good stories that don't end in people burning themselves up or burning their family members alive. It would be nice to have a story for once that isn't too heavy handed. The Mandelorian is popular because Baby Yoda is cute - that's it.

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