'Game of Thrones' Prequel Gets Pilot Order on HBO

The prequel, written by Jane Goldman, is set thousands of years before the events of 'Game of Thrones'.

AceShowbiz - A follow-up pilot to HBO's critically-acclaimed hit "Game of Thrones" has been officially greenlit. The premium cable has also released first official details of the pilot, which will be written by Jane Goldman ("Kingsman: The Secret Service", "X-Men: First Class, "Kick-Ass").

The prequel will be set thousands of years before the events of "Game of Thrones" as it will chronicle the world's descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros' history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it's not the story we think we know.

It is expected to offer fans an insight into the beginning of the Long Night, a winter that lasted generation. Fans also assume that it will feature the greatest war against the white walkers.

According to George R.R. Martin's books, the Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events on the hit series starring Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke. Some of the characters mentioned in the book are Bran the Builder and Lann the Clever. Bran the Builder is the one who founded House Stark and oversaw construction of The Wall and Winterfell, while Lann the Clever founded House Lannister.

HBO previously shared that a spin-off of "Game of Thrones" would not air at least until a year after the mothership series wrapped its final season. Since the eighth and final season of "GoT" is said to arrive in summer 2019, fans may expect the yet-untitled pilot to air in 2020 at the soonest.

The prequel is the latest project that Goldman is attached on. The British screenwriter and producer, whose credits also include "The Women in Black" and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", is set to pen the live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid (2019)" and "Kingsman 3". In addition to her, working on potential "Game of Thrones" spin-offs are Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray, and Bryan Cogman.

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