With the seventh and penultimate season of HBO’s big-budget fantasy series “Game Of Thrones” kicking off soon, and the final season heading into production later this year, the network has turned its attention towards keeping its biggest hit going in some way.
The Live Feed reports that HBO has signed deals with four writers to join George R.R. Martin in the development and writing of four potential series – Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River”), Max Borenstein (“Godzilla,” “Kong: Skull Island”), Jane Goldman (“Kingsman,” “X-Men”) and Carly Wray (“The Leftovers ,” “Mad Men”). Martin will co-write with Goldman and Wray.
It’s not clear if these series are prequels, sequels, spinoffs or companion series, but each is said to explore different time periods within the universe created within George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy book series and won’t be tied to the current series.
‘Thrones’ executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff are attached as executive producers on all projects alongside Martin, but neither Weiss of Beniof will be involved in the writing.
All four projects are in the development stage and there’s currently no timetable for proceeding on any of them, the network waiting for the scripts to evaluate whether to go forward.