A series adaptation of “Tales of Dunk and Egg”, a prequel to the events of “Game of Thrones”, is in early development on HBO, Variety have learned solely from sources.
The one-hour show would be based on the series of fantasy short stories by George RR Martin, which follows the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg) 90 years before the events of “A Song of Ice and fire. ”
Martin has so far published three short stories in the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series: “The Hedge Knight” in 1998, “The Sworn Sword” in 2003 and “The Mystery Knight” in 2010. The three short stories were then compiled and published together as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” in 201
No writer or talent is currently attached to the project, but sources say it is a high priority for HBO as the premium cable seems to build on the success of “Game of Thrones.”
Representatives of HBO and Martin declined to comment.
Should the project go in series, it would be the second “Game of Thrones” prequel that made it appear. The network is currently preparing the series “Dragon’s House”, which is expected to debut in 2022. This show will document the build-up to the Targaryen Civil War in Westeros, known as Dragon Dance.
Fans have been calling for a “Tales of Dunk and Egg” TV series for some time now. There were hopes that when HBO announced a number of “Game of Thrones” spin-offs were on the way back in 2017, the short stories would be among the candidates for a series shoot, but Martin later said there were no plans to adapt the books at that time.
Of course, just because the series is under development does not necessarily mean that it will move on. Another “Game of Thrones” preference written by Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts went to pilot on HBO, but was eventually transferred in 2019.