HBO president Casey Bloys has spoken some more about HBO’s upcoming slate of projects at the Television Critics Association press tour this week.
Filming on the final season of “Game of Thrones” continues ahead of that eighth season’s run on the premium cabler in early 2019. As has been reported many times, work is also under way on five proposed prequels to the blockbuster fantasy series with only one incarnation likely to go forward if it happens.
Bloys tells Deadline that fans should not expect the last season of ‘Thrones’ to be used to as a launchpad for a prequel series:
“There is not going to be anything in any scenario where we have any sort of prequel air for at least a year after that. I want the final season of Game of Thrones to be the final season of Game Of Thrones, I don’t want to use it to launch something else, I want it to stand as the finale of the greatest tv show of all time, I don’t want to do anything that infringes on that.”
Bloys wouldn’t confirm the long-standing rumor that each of the final six episodes would come in at a feature length runtime. He also says there is no update on creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’s follow-up HBO series “Confederate” as the pair are fully engaged in ‘Thrones’ right now and “it’s going to be a year, year and a half before there is anything.”
Bloys also confirmed several projects are lining up late 2018 production starts including the “Deadwood” film which is undergoing a rewrite and will soon sort out casting schedules.
However “Deadwood” is the only planned revival of an old HBO series in the works with Bloys saying: “There are no other discussions about bringing anything back.”. He adds that this includes the Lisa Kudrow-led comedy “The Comeback”.
He adds both Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” pilot and Armando Iannucci’s space comedy pilot have finished their scripts and will film later this year.