Not one but at least three more 'Game of Thrones' prequels are in works, says George RR Martin

Over the weekend, multiple reports confirmed that a new prequel series, based on author George RR Martin's literature, has been ordered to pilot by HBO.


                            Not one but at least three more 'Game of Thrones' prequels are in works, says George RR Martin
George R. R. Martin (Source : Getty Images)

Given the popularity of the show and the fact that by the spring of 2019, there might be no new 'Game of Thrones' episodes on TV, it only made sense that the network invested in reboots and spin-offs of the fictional drama. And as it turns out, HBO is doing exactly the same. 

Over the weekend, multiple reports confirmed that a new prequel series, based on author George RR Martin's literature, has been ordered to pilot by HBO. Chronicling "the world's descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour", the unnamed show is being developed by Martin along with British screenwriter Jane Goldman. 

But here's the catch - the 'Age of Heroes' storyline is not the only prequel that's in the pipeline. In addition to this, at least three more spin-offs are believed to be in "active development", according to the author of the books, Martin himself. 

 

 Writer George R. R. Martin, winner of Outstanding Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones' (Getty)

Taking to his blog on Monday, the author of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' books confirmed, "if you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five [spin-offs].  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," he continued. 

"Three more Game of Thrones' prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development," Martin assured adding, "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."

In other news, the author, whose books served as the basis for the hit HBO series, also dished some information about the progress on his 'Winds of Winter' series, telling his readers, "Work on 'Winds of Winter' continues, and remains my top priority. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself?"

 

Cast of 'Game of Thrones' (Getty Images)

On that thought, it would be quite interesting to see what Martin brings to the table if indeed, someday, he decides to pen the pilot to one of these 'Game of Thrones' prequels.  

Meanwhile, these so-called "successor shows", as described by Martin himself, already has a slew of talented writers working on them. While Goldman is already confirmed for the pilot, Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray and Bryan Cogman, will be joining the writer's room soon.