HBO Developing ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

HBO executives announced Thursday it is developing scripts for spin-offs to it hugely successful “Game of Thrones” series.

The premium cable company said in a statement the scripts would “explore different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe,” according to The New York Times. They stopped short though of explaining what time period the four scripts would be from.

Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke in HBO's "Game of Thrones". REUTERS/Courtesy of HBO

(Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. REUTERS/Courtesy of HBO)

The network confirmed they have lined up four writers who will be reading through Martin’s books to create scripts for the different shows. Those writers include Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, Max Borenstein, and Carly Wray. None of the writers have ever worked on the show before.

“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,” a spokesperson told Variety.

“Game of Thrones” executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff will take a “much-deserved break” when series ends and are not expected to be actively involved in the spin-offs beyond executive producer credits.

“We will support them as they take a much deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete,” a statement from the company read.

Season 7 premiers in July with the airing of seven of the last 13 episodes, and the eighth and final season consisting of six episodes next year.

The earliest fans could expect to see the new shows would be in 2019.

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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