HBO has closed deals with four different writers have been tapped by HBO to explore not one, or two, but multiple possible spinoffs of hit TV show ‘Game of Thrones’.
By Justina Terhember
A report on Variety’s website says HBO announced deals with four writers for a number of possible spinoffs of ‘Game of Thrones’. A spinoff to the most watched series in HBO history has been speculated upon for years, getting worse now that the show is heading to a finale. Recently, HBO executives began to acknowledge to sources that the network was searching for writers to develop ideas based on the series, based on R.R Martin’s best-selling fantasy novels.
HBO said there is no timeline for development of the projects. The Variety article quoted a spokesman as having said: “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 four writers are Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island”), Jane Goldman (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”), Brian Helgeland (“Legend”), and Carly Wray (“Mad Men,” “The Leftovers”). Goldman and Wray will each be working individually with novelist and ‘Game of Thrones’ creator Martin.
The TV series’ executive producers and show-runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff will be attached to the four projects, as will Martin, but will not write on any of them.
Last year, when asked about a possible spinoff, HBO programming president Casey Bloys said they’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. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there is no concrete plan, or anything like that at this point.”
Season 7 of ‘Game of Thrones’ is set to premiere July 16, as production on the show pushed the premiere of the new season past its usual April start date. The new season will consist of seven episodes. The eighth and final season, which Weiss and Benioff have already begun writing, will be between six and eight episodes.