In May we learned that HBO is working on a “Game of Thrones” spinoff and hired four writers to “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.” HBO hired four writers to develop possible spinoffs, prequels or sequels. Included in those writers were Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Fox’s Minority Report”). Jane Goldman (“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “X-Men: First Class”), Brian Helgeland (“A Knight’s Tale,” “L.A. Confidential”), and Carly Wray (“Mad Men”). On Wednesday, we found out that a fifth possible “Game of Thrones” series was in the works.
The fifth possible prequel and this one will be written by someone familiar with George R.R. Martin’s fantasy universe. The fifth project is being helmed by “Game of Thrones” co-executive producer Bryan Cogman. He has written 11 episodes of “Thrones” including the second episode of Season 8 as well as Season 3, Episode 5, “Kissed by Fire,” which has a score of 9 out of 10 on IMDB.
George R.R. Martin hinted to five different scripts being written in a blog post last month. Martin praised Cogman back in May by saying, “He’s a really terrific addition. 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.” With Cogman familiar with the inner workings of HBO, and working close to current “GoT” showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, he may be your early leader in the clubhouse for who gets to write the coveted spinoff.
HBO has said in the past that these possible spinoffs and/or prequels will be evaluated when all of the scripts have been completed. “There is no set timetable for these projects,” the network said. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.” HBO has not committed to picking up one, all four, or even any of the possible spinoffs.