HBO Is Working On 4 Possible ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spin-Offs
We knew HBO would have trouble letting go of Game Of Thrones (as will we all), and would look at creating a spin-off series. However, news dropped last night that the US network are not looking at one, but four possible new versions of the franchise!
HBO have commissioned four writers to work with George R. R. Martin, charged with the task of coming up with stories set across the history of Westeros… Which is a good idea, because if you left it to George, we’d all be dead by the time he finished (focus George, focus, you have a book to finish!)
Current Game Of Thrones creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff will be on board as exec producers, but won’t be writing, or as heavily involved as the are with the main series. The four lucky scribes selected for the challenge are:
Jane Goldman, the brilliant writer of X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, the Kingsman movies, (and wife of Jonathan Ross.)
Max Borenstein, the writer of the recent Godzilla film, Kong: Skull Island and the Minority Report tv series.
Brian Helgeland, the man who penned 2010’s Robin Hood, Man on Fire, L.A. Confidential and A Knight’s Tale.
Carly Wray, who wrote a number of episodes of Mad Men, The Bastard Executioner, and is writing on Season 2 of Westworld.
However, don’t expect a new show to turn up straight away, or have all four ideas go to series. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need,” commented a HBO spokesperson. “And, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
As to exactly what the shows would be, that information is still very much under wraps right now. HBO has expressed interest in a prequel, which would make sense. The events surrounding the rise and fall of Aerys II Targaryen, ‘The Mad King’, would seem rife with stories you could bring to screen. You could also go back even further into the Targaryen dynasty, as George created a rich history to delve into. There is the whole Dothraki culture to work with, although I would hope they translated that into English if they decided to go down that route! Or maybe, you could have a show which focuses more on life in Essos, rather than Westeros, and the fall of the Valyrian Freehold… So many options to pick from!
Whatever the choose, we still have Game Of Thrones Season 7 arriving on Sky Atlantic from the 17th July 2017 at 2am, and Season 8 due next year, so there is plenty of time to put something into production.
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