Game of Thrones Series Ditched Again? Too Far from Original’s Pillars!

The world of “Game of Thrones” seems to be struggling to expand on television. Despite the success of the derivative series “House of the Dragon”, other spin-off projects do not seem to meet the approval of HBO’s executives.

Bad news continues to pile up for fans of Game of Thrones, who are eager for new series to expand the TV universe adapted from George R.R. Martin’s literary saga. After the spin-off project on Jon Snow with Kit Harrington was abandoned due to lack of a strong enough story, another series derived from the fiction of D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not see the light of day.

Of the half-dozen Game of Thrones spin-off projects, many have been abandoned along the way, and it appears that the series tentatively titled Game of Thrones: 10,000 Ships has not been fully approved by HBO executives.

Another “Game of Thrones” spin-off abandoned?

Indeed, Brian Helgeland, screenwriter of A Knight’s Tale, Mystic River, L.A. Confidential and The Bourne Supremacy, told Inverse that his script focused on Nymeria was not selected by the bosses of the American cable channel:

“It went well, but I think they felt that the period of my series was too far removed from the pillars of the original. That’s why it wasn’t approved, but nothing is ever dead. My script was based on Queen Nymeria and on this little introductory text about her that was in a Westeros encyclopedia.”

So, is the series Game of Thrones: 10,000 Ships definitely abandoned? Brian Helgeland suggests that the project focused on Princess Nymeria, who traveled with the Rhoynar to Dorne and married Lord Mors Martell, is not completely dead.

What was “Game of Thrones: 10,000 Ships” supposed to be about?

HBO called on Brian Helgeland several years ago to work on a Game of Thrones spin-off and even met with George R.R. Martin who approved the idea. “Unfortunately, I didn’t work more closely with him, but I would have if the series had been approved”, Brian Helgeland explained.

So, what was “10,000 Ships”, a promising series for which scriptwriter Amanda Segel had even been hired in 2021, supposed to look like? “It was a bit like Ray Harryhausen’s Sinbad movies mixed with The Odyssey”, according to Brian Helgeland.

“Essentially, it was the story of Moses, but with Nymeria instead”, he detailed, “Her country is ruined and her people are forced to live on the water, that’s why the series is titled ‘Ten thousand ships'”.

The American screenwriter and director detailed the main idea of his series project, and the project seemed very ambitious, to believe his words:

“Nymeria leads her people, trying to gather all the moment, but things are always on the verge of collapsing as they travel around a romanticized version of the Mediterranean, looking for a new home to settle in.

Their life was nomadic. Living in an interconnected raft city, this large floating city. Sometimes, the characters landed, but they ended up being chased from the land as they searched for a home, their version of the promised land.”

The “Game of Thrones” series is available on Prime Video via the Warner Pass.

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