HBO, fearing that viewers will search elsewhere to literally chase the dragon once Game of Thrones wraps up in two seasons, has officially started developing a spinoff series. Or four. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Each of the four projects will explore different time periods of Martin’s sprawling world of Westeros. It’s unclear where any of the four fall in the show’s universe — meaning they could be prequels, sequels or spinoffs.”
The writers involved are Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Carly Wray (The Leftovers), Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), and Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential AND A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), the first two by themselves and the latter two with sideways cap-wearing A Song of Ice and Fire mastermind George R.R. Martin. Current showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are, as expected, only attached as executive producers.
There’s no timetable for a potential spinoff, and the four pitches are only in the development stage. HBO — who all but begged Benioff and Weiss to stretch Game of Thrones out further; this is the next best thing — will “evaluate what they have when all the scripts are in and then make decisions.”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO for season seven on July 16.
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)