HBO has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. 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, it was just 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.
House of the Dragon marks Sapochnik’s first project as part of an HBO overall deal where he will develop and produce content for both HBO and HBO Max.
Miguel 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 nominated for another 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.