Earlier this week, HBO announced that it has given the green light for a pilot to one of its five potential Game of Thrones spinoffs, which comes from writer Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass) and A Song of Ice and Fire creator George R.R. Martin and takes place thousands of years prior to the main series, chronicling “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”
Posting on his personal blog, Martin has now shared a few words about the prequel, as well as suggesting his own personal choice for the title:
“All of the successor shows we’ve been developing have been prequels, as I have mentioned before. This one really puts the PRE in prequel, since it is set not ninety years before Game of Thrones (like Dunk & Egg), or a few hundred years, but rather ten thousand years (well, assuming the oral histories of the First Men are accurate, but there are maesters at the Citadel who insist it has only been half that long). We’re very early in the process, of course, with the pilot order just in, so we don’t have a director yet, or a cast, or a location, or even a title. (My vote would be The Long Night, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “game of thrones” in there somewhere. We’ll know sooner or later).”
Martin also went on to reveal that one of the five spinoff projects has been rejected, but the other three remain in development and may well see the light of day at some point.
“If you have been following along, you know that we started with four, and eventually went to five. One of those has been shelved, I am given to understand, and of course Jane’s pilot is now moving to film. But that does not mean the others are dead. Three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development. Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come.”
Before we get to any of these spinoffs, we still have the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones to look forward to on HBO next year.