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Two New ‘Game of Thrones’ Animated Shows in Development at HBO Max

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HBO Max, the OTT platform owned by the Warner Media group, is developing two new animated shows based on the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

One of the projects will reportedly be set in the Golden Empire of Yi Ti, a territory inspired by Imperial China, and situated in the continent of Essos, near the south-eastern limits of the known world in the Game of Thrones universe. Yi Ti was never seen on Game of Thrones and had only a brief reference though a character in HBO’s upcoming prequel series, House of the Dragon, Lord Corlys Velaryon, the ‘Sea Snake’ who famously sailed to Yi Ti.

The society is considered one of the oldest and most advanced in the fantasy universe, as per the THR report.

The successful TV series Game of Thrones, which ran for eight seasons between 2011- 2019, is based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice book series. The Emmy-winning fantasy drama revolved around the war for the Iron Throne among the seven powerful houses.

Martin signed a five-year deal with the television network HBO in March, under which he will be creating content for both HBO and HBO Max.

While several projects are in the works, as of now, the only release that is certain is the House of the Dragon series that will stream in 2022. It will follow the story of House Targaryen and will be a prequel set 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The show will feature actors Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Rhys Ifans, and Sonoya Mizuno.

Other projects in development include 10,000 Ships, which follows the warrior queen Nymeria, ancestor of House Martell and the founder of the kingdom of Dorne, and 9 Voyages, from Rome creator Bruno Heller, which follows Velaryon, played by British actor Steve Toussaint in House of the Dragon.

While neither HBO Max nor Warner Media has released any statement, THR further reported that Flea Bottom, a proposed live-action project based on the slums of King’s Landing, has been dropped.

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