Just a few days ago, HBO dropped a teaser touting its original content coming in 2019, which also happened to reveal the first footage from Game of Thrones Season 8, as well as the highly anticipated Watchmen TV series adaptation from showrunner Damon Lindelof.
As for Watchmen, Lindelof has said previously that this adaptation is more of a remix of Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel than a straight adaptation, and indeed this brief footage previews a very different world.
Also in the news. HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series is starting to show signs of life now that the premium network has made the announcement of a director for the pilot as well as the full cast list. Back in October, there was a previous announcement when we learned that Naomi Watts would lead the series as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret,” shortly followed by the revelation that Poldark‘s Josh Whitehouse had been cast in a “key” role also.
Director S.J. Clarkson (Collateral) has been tapped to helm the series’ pilot (as well as executive produce), which could mean that Star Trek 4 might be pushed (or may go on without her, as she was also selected to direct the next installment of the rebooted franchise). With Watts in the lead, Clarkson behind the camera, and Jane Goldman serving as showrunner it seems HBO is possibly making a statement about diversity with its choices for the still-untitled production.
That cast includes Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Denise Gough (Angels in America), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga), Sheila Atim (Harlots), Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Alex Sharp (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), and Toby Regbo (Reign), who have all joined the pilot as series regulars. However, nothing gets revealed about their characters or roles (of course!)
As for what the series will be about, the series has been described as chronicling “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.”
Intriguing, to say the least, and despite any reservations anyone may be having about this upcoming series revolving around a cynical view of HBO’s insatiable lust for more profits, won’t matter once this series begins, because if its great (and HBO will make sure it will be) all that will matter is getting to see more.