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


There has been a great commotion inside House of the Dragon: HBO fantasy drama co-showrunner and director Miguel Sapochnik bids farewell to the newly launched hit series.

Sources say Sapochnik is leaving the show after an exhausting three years of effort in the Game of Thrones precursor. Dragon co-creator Ryan Condal will now serve as the show’s sole showrunner and continue to work closely with co-creator George RR Martin. Sapochnik has also entered into a first-look deal with HBO to develop new projects and will remain as an executive producer for the duration of the series.

The production has another critically acclaimed thrones veteran, Alan Taylor, to serve as director and executive producer and director of multiple episodes in season two.

“Working within the thrones universe has been an honor and privilege for the past few years, especially the last two years with the amazing cast and crew of House of the DragonSapochnik said in a statement. “I am so proud of what we accomplished with Season 1 and overjoyed at the enthusiastic response from our viewers. It was incredibly difficult to decide to move forward, but I know it’s the right choice for me, personally and professionally. But as I do, I am deeply comforted to know that Alan will be joining the series. He is someone I have known and respected for a long time, and I believe this precious series could not be in safer hands. I’m so happy to stay a part of HBO and House of the Dragon family and of course I wish Ryan and his team every success and all the best for season 2 and beyond.”

Taylor says: “It’s 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 growing into its second season. Ryan, Miguel and George have launched an extraordinary story into a rich and fascinating world. Returning to Westeros will be a huge undertaking and I look forward to the challenge.”

Adds HBO: “Miguel Sapochnik did a great job on the first season of” House of the Dragon, giving it its signature look and feel. This series just couldn’t have happened without him. While we would have loved to see Miguel in the same role, we are delighted to see his continued collaboration in this new creative capacity. Looking forward, we have a decades-long relationship with Alan Taylor and we are delighted to have him join Ryan and let the talented team rest.”

The move comes on the heels of the Dragon series premiere – directed by Sapochnik – brought in 25 million viewers in its first week since release and helped score the Game of Thrones prequel a quick refresh of season two. Then Sunday’s second episode made the rare move of gaining a little more viewership rather than diminishing it. Sapochnik also directs for two more hours (episodes six and seven) in the debut season.

Taylor built his reputation and won an Emmy for his work on HBO’s The Sopranosas well as on crazy men and Rome. on thrones, he was instrumental in shaping the show’s directing style and provided the pivotal and stylish final two episodes of the show’s debut season (including the death of Ned Stark and the birth of Daenerys’ dragons). Taylor ended up directing 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 recently helmeted too The Sopranos prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newarkand then the pilot for AMCs interview with the vampire series.

Sapochnik started his career as a storyboard artist in 1996 Train spotting and he directed the 2010 movie Repo men and Fox’s episodes Zoom and House. But it was on thrones that Sapochnik’s career became stratospheric after the English director directed such episodes as “Hardhome,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Winds of Winter.” After throneshe directed the Tom Hanks movie Finchwhich was released on Apple TV+.

Sapochnik worked on the development for months Dragon with his friend Condal. But Sapochnik was very reluctant to officially join the show, an attitude that may have foreshadowed his current departure. Miguel said, “I never do… thrones again,” Condal recalls.

“I hesitated a lot”, admitted Sapochnik. “Ryan and I had a long-term relationship and we work well together and we really love each other – that was half the battle. As we got deeper into the discussions, I realized I had to either shit or get out of the pot.”

Sapochnik finally decided to board when he attended – of all things – a Game of Thrones Experience concert in Los Angeles with writer and colleague thrones veteran Bryan Cogman. “There were 17,000 people who loved this show and I didn’t realize how passionate people were still about it,” Saophnchik says. “[My wife] turned to me and said, ‘We’re fucking idiots. How can we not do this?’”

The Dragon The team is currently focused on finishing VFX shooting for season one and writing the scripts for season two, which has no announced start date for filming yet. Given that the first season took 10 months to shoot and another nine months plus VFX work, the series will likely return in 2024.

Taylor is represented by UTA and Circle of Confusion.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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