All men and women must freak out.
HBO is planning not one, not two, not three, not four — OK, just four — ”Game of Thrones” spinoffs. The news comes from Entertainment Weekly, who reports that details are scant, but the new shows, if greenlit, would explore “different time periods of George R.R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”
According to EW:
We’re told a variety of different combinations and options are on the table depending on how the scripts look upon completion. But the end goal is to find at least one title that can successfully carry the flame of the “GoT” franchise.
Yup, at least one show will sit on the Iron Throne, but there could be room for more.
Current showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss would stay on as executive producers for the new projects, along with Martin.
In fact, Martin will have his hand in idea creation, too. Writers for potential new projects include Max Borenstein (”Kong: Skull Island,” Fox’s “Minority Report”); Jane Goldman (”Kingsman: The Secret Service.” “X-Men: First Class”), who will work along with Martin; Brian Helgeland (”A Knight’s Tale,” “L.A. Confidential”); and Carly Wray (”Mad Men”), also working with Martin.
There’s no word yet on if any of the current cast members will be involved in future shows, but when our own Leigh Blickley asked Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) about his potential participation in a prequel, he didn’t seem too optimistic.
“’Yeah, of course I could do that! I could play 20! 16? Yeah, I could play a 16-year-old! I’ve got range!’” he joked, adding with a smile, “I don’t think so.”
According to HBO, there is no “set timetable” for the projects, but the news ensures “Game of Thrones” spinoffs and/or prequels are coming.
What is “Game of Thrones” shall never die.
“Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres July 16.