George RR Martin Says 3 Of The ‘Game Of Thrones’ “Successor Shows” Still In Development
As ‘Game Of Thrones’ hurtles towards its conclusion in a couple of weeks time, author George R. R. Martin has given a little update on what may come next.
Once HBO knew the fantasy juggernaut was coming to an end, the US network put into development 5 possible series which would explore different parts of the ‘Game Of Thrones’ mythology. The first one of these will come from Jane Goldman, screenwriter of ‘Kingsman’, ‘Kick-Ass’, and ‘X-Men: First Class’, based on a story created with Martin. Set thousands of years before the events of ‘Game Of Thrones’, the drama chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. 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.
Naomi Watts (‘Mulholland Drive’, ‘Birdman’), Josh Whitehouse (‘Poldark’), Naomi Ackie (‘Star Wars: Episode IX’), Denise Gough (‘Angels in America’), Jamie Campbell Bower (‘Twilight’), Sheila Atim (‘Girl From The North Country’), Ivanno Jeremiah (‘Humans’), Georgie Henley (‘Chronicles of Narnia’), Alex Sharp (‘How to Talk to Girls’), Toby Regbo (‘Crimes of Grindelwald’), Marquis Rodriguez (‘Iron Fist’), Richard McCabe (‘The Audience’), John Heffernan (‘The Crown’) and John Simm (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Life On Mars’) are set to star.
Martin took to his blog to give a little update, and help clear up some of the rumours surrounding the other potential series. “Don’t believe everything you read,” wrote the author. “Internet reports are notoriously unreliable. We have had five different GAME OF THRONES successor shows in development (I mislike the term “spinoffs”) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely. The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”
Whilst Martin is not willing to say outright what the show is about (maybe for fear of another slap on the wrist by HBO after announcing the Goldman series as ‘The Long Night’), pointing to that book does give a massive hint. ‘Fire & Blood‘, for those of you who haven’t picked up your copy yet, is a history of the Targaryens, set 300 years before the events in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (and the tv series). Narrated by Archmaester Gyldayn, it chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.
So, we now know that the Goldman series, ‘(Not) The Long Night’, is one successor, and ‘Fire & Blood’ looks to be the second. That still leaves one more possible show. ‘Robert’s Rebellion’? ‘The Adventures of Ghost’? ‘How To Train A Dragon: A Khaleesi’s Guide’? (think that last one might have some copyright issues…) Whatever it is, it seems we’re not going to be short of more adventures in Westeros for years to come.
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