HBO Cancels Game of Thrones Spin-Off '10,000 Ships' Centered on Nymeria

HBO cancels '10,000 Ships' Game of Thrones spin-off, a Moses-inspired tale of Princess Nymeria's journey, citing it being too distant from the core series. Fans await new Westeros stories as the franchise's expansion faces setbacks.

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HBO Cancels Game of Thrones Spin-Off '10,000 Ships' Centered on Nymeria

HBO Cancels Game of Thrones Spin-Off '10,000 Ships' Centered on Nymeria

HBO has decided not to move forward with the planned Game of Thrones spin-off series '10,000 Ships', which was set to focus on the story of Princess Nymeria and the Rhoynar people. The series, developed by acclaimed screenwriter Brian Helgeland, was envisioned as a Moses-inspired tale, with Nymeria leading her people on a journey to find a new home, similar to the Israelites leaving Egypt.

Helgeland had pitched the idea to Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who endorsed the project. The series was intended to blend the styles of 'Sinbad' films from the 70s and 80s with Homer's 'The Odyssey', but with a fleet of 10,000 ships instead of just 12 sailors. Nymeria's journey, as detailed in Martin's 'The World of Ice and Fire', included hardships such as ships sinking, turning back, and getting lost, as her people searched for a new home away from the reach of the Valyrian dragonlords.

However, the idea did not fully resonate with HBO executives, who felt the period of the show was too far removed from the core elements of the original Game of Thrones series. Helgeland believes this was the main reason the project was not greenlit, despite his script still being available if HBO changes its mind. The writer-director had planned for the series to have a nomadic setting, with Nymeria and her people living on a floating city-state in search of a 'promised land'.

Why this matters: The cancellation of '10,000 Ships' marks another setback for HBO's efforts to expand the Game of Thrones universe, following the shelving of the Jon Snow spin-off and the prequel series 'Bloodmoon'. With only 'House of the Dragon' and 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight' currently in development, fans may have to wait longer for new stories set in the world of Westeros.

Despite the series being in limbo, Helgeland maintains that "nothing is ever dead" and that his work is still available if HBO decides to pick it up in the future. However, given the current political climate surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Exodus-inspired themes of the story may make it less likely for the project to be revived. As of now, '10,000 Ships' joins the list of canceled Game of Thrones spin-offs, while fans eagerly await the second season of 'House of the Dragon', set to premiere in 2024.

Key Takeaways

  • HBO cancels '10,000 Ships' Game of Thrones spin-off series.
  • Series was to focus on Princess Nymeria and the Rhoynar people.
  • Helgeland's pitch blended 'Sinbad' and 'The Odyssey' themes.
  • HBO executives felt the period was too distant from core GoT.
  • Only 'House of the Dragon' and 'A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms' in development.