‘Game Of Thrones’ Author Opens Up About Spin-Offs In The Works
“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin said in a blog post Sunday that he wanted to clear up some misinformation about those spin-offs.
“Yes, it’s true. More or less,” the 68-year-old co-executive producer of the hugely successful HBO series wrote. “Though, as is all too common these days, various distortions and misapprehensions have crept into some of the reports along the way. And television being the fast-moving business that it is, there have already been some further developments.”
“For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term ‘spinoff,’ and I don’t think it really applies to these new projects,” he added. “What we’re talking about are new stories set in the ‘secondary universe’ (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.”
“None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense,” he continued. “We are not talking Joey or AfterMASHor even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros.”
Martin also confirmed that he has been involved in the spin-offs after he proposed two possible series to the network last year, one of which is being developed and one is not. He is also intricately working with all writers who have been brought on to develop the scripts.
“We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five,” he continued. “We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed.”
The writers named so far include Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, Max Borenstein, and Carly Wray. None of them have ever worked on the show before.