George R. R. Martin reveals a fifth Game Of Thrones spin-off is in the works
George R. R. Martin has revealed that there are in fact five Game Of Thrones spin-offs being developed, rather than four.
Last week it was confirmed by HBO that Kong: Skull Island's Max Borenstein, Kingsman: The Secret Service's Jane Goldman, Legend's Brian Helgeland and Mad Men writer Carly Wray have all been brought in to develop spin-offs to the hugely successful fantasy show.
Wray and Goldman will work directly with creator George R.R. Martin, while current showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff remain attached as executive producers.
Now Martin, writing on his blog over the weekend, revealed that there is a fifth writer also at work, but that he or HBO won't be revealing who they are just yet.
He wrote: "We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed. He’s a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does."
He then went into more detail about the nature of the spin-offs and revealed that they will also be prequels.
He added: "None of these new shows will be 'spinning off' from GOT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than 'spinoff' or 'prequel,' however, I prefer the term 'successor show.' That's what I've been calling them."
Game Of Thrones will return for a seventh season in July. It will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic on July 16th in simulcast with the US and then repeated on the evening of Monday July 17th.
Unlike previous seasons the seventh and penultimate season of the show will feature just seven episodes, though it remains to be seen if each episode is an hour in length or longer.
Among the new cast members for the upcoming season are Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper. Hopper will play Dickon Tarly, while Broadbent's role has yet to be confirmed.