In maybe the most obvious move of the century, HBO has confirmed that it is developing not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Game Of Thrones spinoffs.
In a long-awaited and desired announcement, the premium cable giant announced it has tasked four writers with developing and pitching four different Game Of Thrones spinoffs series.
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 George R. R. Martin.
“Game of Thrones” executive producers and showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff will be attached to the four projects, as will Martin, but will not write on any of them.
A spinoff to “Game of Thrones” — the most watched series in HBO history — has been a source of speculation for years. In recent months, HBO executive began to privately acknowledge that the network was searching for writers to develop ideas based on the series and Martin’s best-selling fantasy novels from which it is adapted.
This was an obvious move for HBO. Game Of Thrones, in terms of pure numbers, is literally the most popular show they’ve ever had. In the age of DVR and binge-watching, GoT is one of the few remaining shows that the masses makes sure to watch live. Given the rich world that George RR Martin created in his novels, exploring it in a spinoff series has always been a no-brainer for HBO. In fact, one could argue that a show based around Robert’s Rebellion would be even more entertaining than Game Of Thrones itself.
Whether they decide to delve into Robert’s Rebellion or another time period entirely won’t be known for quite a while, however, this is great news regardless, and HBO has acknowledged the elephant in the room and has begun to move forward with it.
Game Of Thrones’ seventh season premieres on Sunday, July 26.