Four Game Of Thrones Writers Hired to Work On Spin-Off Shows

Posted 2017/05/04 2883 0

Creator George RR Martin and team of writers are working on spin-offs for the hit show, which could lead to separate stand-alone series after 2018 finale.


HBO is developing four potential Game of Thrones spin-off series that will explore different time periods in George R.R. Martin's expansive Westeros universe. Writers Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Carly Wray and Oscar-winner Brian Helgeland have been tapped to work with Thrones author on developing new premises. The network said in a statement Thursday that it has closed deals with four writers to "explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin's vast and rich universe."

"There is no set timetable for these projects," the network said. "We'll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in."

The network also said that Martin, the creator and author of the books that the series is based on, would also be involved in writing scripts.

HBO added that the creators and showrunners of the main series, D. B. Weiss and David Benioff, are continuing to work on finishing the upcoming seventh season of "Game of Thrones" and are "in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season" but would be attached, along with Martin, as executive producers.

"We will support them as they take a much deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete," the network said.

The current showrunners for GOT, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, are reportedly not joining the team of writers, but the list is still impressive. Jane Goldman, the writer of Kick-Ass and Kingsman, Mad Men writer Carly Wray, Kong: Skull Island writer Max Borenstein, and Mystic River’s Brian Helgeland are all tipped to be on the spin-off’s creative team.

Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” is set to premiere July 16. Production on the show pushed the premiere of the new season past its usual April start date, in order to capture the weather the producers wanted. The new season will consist of seven episodes. The eighth and final season, which Weiss and Benioff have already begun writing, will be between six and eight episodes.

The Season 6 finale of “Game of Thrones” drew a series-high 8.9 million viewers in overnight numbers, an expecially high number given premium HBO’s much smaller viewer base than broadcast and basic-cable nets. Season 6 averaged 23.3 million multiplatform viewers, according to the service.