The Game of Thrones series has focused on nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, with a forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years. The series is about to enter its final two seasons of it’s eight-season run.
HBO didn’t specify which of the four in development were prequels, sequels, spinoffs or companion series, only noting that each project would “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe” in his epic fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire.
Game of Thrones creators and executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff will serve as executive producers on all projects alongside Martin but will not be involved in the writing. The writers involved in the four projects are Max Borenstein (Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman films) alongside George R. R. Martin, Brian Helgeland (L.A Confidental and Mystic River) and Carly Wray (Mad Men and The Leftovers) alongside George R. R. Martin.
HBO has noted that there is no set timetable for them, and they will be evaluated when the scripts are completed. A spinoff discussion has been on the cards for a while now, with HBO programming president Casey Bloys saying at the Television Critics Association summer press tour:
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. 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.
A spinoff series for Game of Thrones is a no brainer for HBO and news about four potential series being developed at the network within that universe intrigues me as there’s four different voices and styles coming to the table. For example Max Borenstein writes these epic action-orientated films, while Brian Helgeland works on quiet, character-based dramas. It’ll be just a case of what script will be given the go ahead as the four compete each other or will HBO try to green light a couple of them?