Rumors have been swirling for a while about HBO jumping on the possibility of creating a spinoff from mega-popular books-turned-TV series ‘Game of Thrones.’ It only makes sense, seeing as how ‘GoT’ is the most popular series in the history of the premium cable network. Now, however, word is coming that HBO seems to be going “all in” on tales from the land of Westeros, as they have commissioned a whopping four different spinoff show specs.
It’s important to note that there is no guarantee that all or even any of the four proposals will actually go to series – but writers are already attached to all four potential series, and are working on over-arching story lines and pilot episodes. At this point, there is no set timetable; according to a rep from HBO:
“We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
The writers that have been hired on the spec the different series are Max Borenstein (‘Kong: Skull Island’), Jane Goldman (‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’), Brian Helgeland (‘Legend’), and Carly Wray (‘Mad Men’ and ‘The Leftovers’). Current ‘Game of Thrones’ producers/showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff will assist with all four projects in a production capacity, as will GoT novel creator George R.R. Martin, who was previously claimed he has over 1,000 pages of notes and additional material on the universe he has created.
Speculation about a potential spin-off series started in earnest in 2016, when HBO programming president Casey Bloys talked about it in an interview:
“We’ve talked about it. It’s something I’m not opposed to. But, of course, it has to make sense creatively. I am not sure that the guys [Weiss and Benioff] can really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on the next season of ‘Game of Thrones’]. It’s a pretty intense production. They’re about to start production soon, but I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there is no concrete plans, or anything like that at this point.”
The seven-episode seventh season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will premiere on HBO on July 16, 2017.
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