Late last week, it was officially announced that a Game of Thrones prequel series is going to get at least a pilot over at HBO, and it is one that is set a significant amount of time in the past. There are some more details about it available over at the link here, and it seems like one of the things you could learn through this is the history of the White Walkers.
The script for this pilot is being penned by Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class), and while George R.R. Martin is listed as an executive producer, he is not going to be too involved with the actual writing process for the script. In a new post on his official site, he detailed exactly what he is doing to help the project come to light:
“I’ve consulted with all of the writers on all of the successor shows, and several of them have visited me in Santa Fe for long days of discussion, and we’ve gone back and forth in email, text, and telephone, so I have definitely been involved … But really, the accolades here should go to Jane … And yes, before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself? It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV…”
Martin also detailed that some of the other prequel ideas also remain in development and could get a pilot order in the future — one of the ideas has been rejected, but three others are still happening:
“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.”
One of the things that would be rather interesting for HBO to do here with this franchise is rather than just doing one long prequel series, they could look at doing two or three shorter series with just a few seasons each. This way, they don’t burn out a single idea and could explore a lot of Westeros history in the process. It would certainly help them stand out more from the rest of the field.
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