George R.R. Martin over Game of Thrones spin-offs

Afgelopen week onthulde HBO dat de Game of Thrones prequel pilot van auteur en uitvoerend producent George R.R. Martin en schrijver Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) groen licht heeft gekregen. De serie zal zich duizenden jaren voor het origineel afspelen en zal vooral de herkomst van bepaalde personages of ingrediënten laten zien. Nu heeft Martin op zijn persoonlijke blog wat meer informatie gegeven over de spin-off. Hij vertelde:

“Yes, this is a prequel, not a sequel. None of the characters or actors from GAME OF THRONES will appear in the new show. All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before GAME OF THRONES (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long). We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be THE LONG NIGHT, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “game of thrones” in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later).”

Hij sprak ook over wat we konden verwachten van de andere series die HBO in ontwikkeling heeft als onderdeel van hun spin-off deal en onthulde dat een van hen al niet doorgaat:

“As for the other successor shows…if you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five. One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead. Three more GAME OF THRONES prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development. Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come. We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all.   But this is television, so nothing is certain.”

De andere vier schrijvers die werken aan spin-off’s zijn Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Cary Wray en Bryan Cogman. De andere scripts moeten nog groen licht krijgen, maar er lijkt geen haast te zijn om dit meteen te doen.