A much-anticipated Game of Thrones prequel, part of which was filmed in Fermanagh, is “not moving forward” according to sources inside the entertainment industry.

The prequel included scenes filmed in the Florencecourt area of the county and the Marble Arch Caves and was set to star British Actress Naomi Watts.

Reports surfaced in the US this week that the show had been cancelled after its pilot episode was poorly received by executives.

Executive producer Jane Goldman emailed cast members with the news, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The prequel was co-created by George RR Martin, whose books the original television series are based on. The prequel was said to be set about 5,000 years before the events featured in the original Game Of Thrones.

Speaking when the spin-off was announced, HBO said it would feature “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”.

It now appears, however, that the prequel will not see screen time with HBO moving in an entirely different direction with the announcement of yet another prequel.

It will feature on HBO’s upcoming streaming service, the US cable network has said.

Titled House Of The Dragon, the spin-off will focus on the House of Targaryen and was co-created by George RR Martin.

In June of this year this paper reporter on the filming of the original prequel within the county:

At the time Fermanagh and Omagh District Council confirmed to The Impartial Reporter that American Television Network HBO were filming in Marble Arch caves.

A spokesperson for HBO would not confirm if the network were shooting the Game of Thrones prequel in Fermanagh but did confirm that filming for the show would take place at a location in Northern Ireland and that “at this point” the only filming planned for Northern Ireland is for the Game of Thrones prequel.