Author George R. R. MartinFans were sad to hear HBO mega-hit “Game Of Thrones” will be ending after season eight, but they shouldn’t get to ready to leave Westeros just yet. HBO has announced that four different “GoT” spinoffs are coming.
It has been confirmed that HBO has closed deals with four different writers, “to each explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe,” says a spokesperson in a statement to Variety.
Max Borenstein (“Godzilla” and “Kong: Skull Island”), Jane Goldman (“X-Men: First Class”, “Kingsmen: The Secret Service” and its sequel), Brian Helgeland (“A Knight’s Tale” and “Mystic River”) and Carly Wray (“Mad Men” and “The Leftovers”) have all signed on to write in collaboration with “GoT” author Martin.
The statement continues, “There is no set timetable for these projects. We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”
It appears “GoT” writers Dan Weiss and David Benioff won’t be a part of the development of the new projects due to scheduling conflicts. The duo is currently finishing up with the upcoming seventh season and “already writing and preparing for the eighth and final season.”
“We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects,” says the spokesperson. “We will support them as they take a much deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”
On May 14, author George R. R. Martin confirmed there are actually five spin-offs in the works. Yes, five! “We had four scripts in development when I arrived in L.A. last week, but by the time I left we had five,” he announced on his blog. He doesn’t think the spin-offs will happen all at once but confirms five pilot scripts were indeed ordered. “If we do get five series on the air, I might have to change my name to Dick Direwolf,” he wrote.
Will Jon Snow, Khaleesi or the last of the Stark children get a spinoff? It might be a while until we find out, until then – season seven of “Game of Thrones” returns July 16.