When HBO announced plans for five spinoffs of Game of Thrones, it seemed a bit overambitious considering author George R. R. Martin isn’t even finished with The Winds of Winter from the A Song of Fire and Ice series, which GOT is based.
Now it looks liked it appears HBO will proceed with only one for now and it will be the “Golden Age of Heroes” prequel that takes place thousands years before the current timeline, according to Indiewire.
The spinoff, which has yet to be named, will be helmed by Martin and Jane Goldman. HBO president Casey Bloys made the announcement at the Television Critics Association saying, “There are no other plans to make any others at this point.”
The method Bloys explained was to start with a number options before narrowing down to the current choice.
“The reason we did multiple scripts, in the development process, [is] out of five, we’d be lucky to get one we’re excited about.”
The show will focus on Westeros’ descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into the darkest (and longest) night. While the show is planned to start shooting next year, HBO is scouring to find a director for the pilot and casting.
“…only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend…it’s not the story we think we know.”
As work is being completed on the final season of Game of Thrones, executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff won’t be involved with any of the successor shows. Indiewire speculates the first half of 2019 is the likely target date. The duo will likely keep busy with their show Confederate on hold and their development of new Star Wars films.
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