House of the Dragon Co-Showrunner Miguel Sapochnik Leaves Hit Show – The Hollywood Reporter


There’s been a big shakeup inside House of the Dragon: HBO fantasy drama co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik is departing from the just-launched hit series.

Sources say that Sapochnik is exiting the program after pouring three grueling years of effort into the game of Thrones prequel Continue co-creator Ryan Condal he now serves as the show’s sole showrunner and continues to work closely with co-creator George RR Martin. Sapochnik also signed a first-look deal with HBO to develop new projects and will remain an executive producer for the duration of the series.

The production has hired another acclaimed thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, to serve as executive producer and direct multiple episodes in the second season.

“Work within the thrones universe over the past few years has been an honor and a privilege, especially spending the last two with the incredible cast and crew of house of the dragon”, Sapochnik said in a statement. “I am very proud of what we achieved with Season 1 and delighted by the enthusiastic reaction from our viewers. It was incredibly difficult to decide to move on, but I know it’s the right choice for me, personally and professionally. However, as I do, I take deep comfort knowing that Alan will be joining the series. He is someone I have known and respected for a long time, and I think this beautiful series could not be in better hands. I am very happy to continue being part of HBO and house of the dragon family and of course I wish Ryan and his team success and all the best in Season 2 and beyond.”

Taylor said: “It is a pleasure and an honor to be back at HBO, immersing myself in the world of the Targaryens. I look forward to working closely with Ryan as house of the dragon grows in its second season. Ryan, Miguel and George have set in motion an extraordinary story, in a rich and fascinating world. Returning to Westeros will be a huge undertaking and I look forward to the challenge.”

Added HBO: “Miguel Sapochnik has done an incredible job in the first season of house of the dragon, establishing his characteristic style. This series simply couldn’t have been put together the way it was without him. While we would have loved for Miguel to continue in the same role, we are delighted to have him continue to collaborate in this new creative capacity. Looking ahead, we have had a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor, and we are delighted that he is joining Ryan and laying down the talented team.”

The movement comes from the hand of the Continue series premiere, directed by Sapochnik, which achieved 25 million viewers in its first week since its release and helped mark the game of Thrones prequel to a rapid renewal. Sunday’s second episode made the rare move of gaining slightly more viewers instead of decreasing. Sapochnik also directs two more hours (episodes six and seven) in the debut season.

Taylor built his reputation for his work on HBO The sopranos (for which he won an Emmy), Crazy men Y Rome. In thrones, was instrumental in helping shape the show’s directing style, directing the pivotal and stylish final two episodes of the show’s debut season (which included sequences depicting the death of Ned Stark and the birth of the dragons from Daenerys). Taylor ultimately directed a total of seven thrones episodes, including “The North Remembers”, “The Night Lands” and “Beyond the Wall”. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss once described his style as “cinematic and precise”.

Taylor also recently directed The sopranos prequel Movie, The Many Newark Saintsand then he has the pilot for AMC’s Interview with the Vampire Serie.

Sapochnik began his career as a storyboard artist in 1996. train sighting and directed the 2010 film Repo Men and Fox episodes Stripe Y House. but she was in thrones that Sapochnik’s career was stratospheric after the English director helmed such fan-favorite episodes as “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter.” After thronesdirected the Tom Hanks sci-fi movie Finchwhich was released on Apple TV+.

Sapochnik worked for months helping to develop Continue with his friend Condal before boarding. Sapochnik had been very reluctant to officially join the project, a stance that perhaps foreshadowed his current departure from it. “Miguel said: “I will never do thrones again,” recalled Condal.

“I went through a lot of hesitations,” Sapochnik admitted. “Ryan and I had a long-term relationship and we worked well together and we really liked each other, that was half the battle. As we got deeper into the discussions, I realized that I had to shit or get out of the well.”

Sapochnik finally decided to sign on while attending, of all things, a game of Thrones Experience the concert in Los Angeles with the writer and partner thrones veteran Bryan Cogman. “There were 17,000 people going crazy over this show and I didn’t realize how passionate people still were,” says Saophnchik. “[My wife] He turned to me and said, ‘We’re fucking idiots. How can we not do this?’”

the Continue The team is currently focused on finishing the VFX shots for the first season and writing the scripts for the second season, which does not yet have an announced start date for filming. As the first season took 10 months to film and more than nine months of VFX work, it is very likely that the series will return in 2024.

Taylor is represented by UTA and Circle of Confusion.


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