Jane Goldman Lands First ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spin-Off Pilot Order
Jane Goldman, screenwriter of ‘Kingsman’, ‘Kick-Ass’, and ‘X-Men: First Class’ has landed the first pilot order for a ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequel it has been announced. Given her husband, Jonathan Ross, is also a massive GoT fan, I suspect there will be some heavy celebrating going on in the Ross household tonight!
The untitled prequel comes from a story developed by Goldman and GoT creator George R.R. Martin, with Goldman writing the script. Although it is a prequel, don’t expect any characters you know to be popping up, as the series will be set thousands of years before the events of the main show. According to the official description, the series will follow multiple locations and clans, and “chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.” If that doesn’t make fans go “Oooh…” I don’t know what will!
Goldman will serve as showrunner and exec produce with Martin, GoT co-executive producer Vince Gerardis, and are joined by Daniel Zelman (‘Damages’, ‘Bloodline’). David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, who were behind the main series, will have no involvement in the spin-off.
The reason I say “first” ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequel is due to the fact HBO put five writers to work on five different possible GoT shows. Whilst Goldman has won the ‘Battle Of The Prequels’, the scripts from Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray and Bryan Cogman may also still get greenlit at some point in the future. Although, given we’re still a year away from seeing the final Thrones season and the network has now greenlit Goldman’s pilot, there’s no great rush for them to jump at developing more straight away.
For those of you that don’t know your Thrones history, the Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events we’ve been seeing on screen. It’s possible we’re looking at a show which will see the founding of a number of the great houses, such as the Starks and Lannisters. It could also feature the building of the wall and the construction of Winterfell, which would all fit around that time period. But as it says “it’s not the story we think we know”, what actually might happen is anyone’s guess!
We’ll let you know when we have more info!