Game of Thrones prequel in ‘early development and high priority’ for HBO

Game of Thrones fans will be delighted to hear George R. R. Martin's prequel, Tales of Dunk and Egg, is reportedly in 'early development'.

His best-selling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was adapted for the screen by the cast of Game of Thrones, may be joined by another of his creations.

The 72-year-old American novelist has reportedly struck another deal with HBO, according to Variety.

While "no writer or talent is currently attached to the project," the outlet's sources claim it is 'high priority' for HBO bosses.

The trilogy of fantasy novellas in the Tales of Dunk and Egg include The Hedge Knight (1998), The Sworn Sword (2003) and The Mystery Knight (2010).

The three books are set 90 years before the events of A Song and Ice and Fire. They were published together in 2015, compiled as A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

A representative of George R. R. Martin and HBO have been approached for comment.

The one-hour programme marks the second prequel for Game of Thrones, as HBO is set to release the House of Dragon series in 2022.

It was announced in December through the series' official Twitter account, that production on House of the Dragons would begin in 2021.

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The news came as two images of concept art from the production team depicting two dragons, one with a full body and another with only a head.

It was reported by Deadline that series creator and Colony co-creator, Ryan Condal, would be leading the new show, along with Michael Sapochnik.

The story behind the series is built upon an original idea from Ryan Cogman, who worked as an executive producer on the initial series.

Martin's prequel, Fire and Blood, released in 2018, is also being named as part of the source material for the series.

The first season is expected to run for 10 episodes, and writing was announced to have started in January, with casting searches beginning in July.

The show will be set in the same world of the original hit series, but 300 years earlier.

It'll follow the rise of House Targaryen to power in Westeros.

The only cast member confirmed so far is Paddy Considine, who will play King Viserys Targaryen.

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