HBO orders pilot for Game of Thrones prequel
With the final season of Game of Thrones upon us, HBO is starting to look at what pilots to focus on to maintain the momentum the award-winning series brings. Today HBO has announced that the Game of Thrones prequel pilot from author and co-executive producer George R.R. Martin and writer Jane Goldman has been greenlit for production.
The spinoff will be created by Goldman and Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin. According to Deadline, the untitled pilot takes the prequel concept to a new level as it is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. The series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.
Goldman is serving as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin as well as fellow Game of Thrones executive producer Vince Gerardis and co-creator/executive producer Daniel Zelman (Damages, Bloodline).
The untitled project from Martin and Goldman is one of five Game of Thrones prequels HBO had put in development. HBO has assigned writers to work on show ideas that they can develop and move forward with. All of the writers have worked on theatrical hits, so they would have a good grasp on the scale that would be required for the Game of Thrones spinoffs.
The writers that have been selected to develop show ideas are Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential), and Carly Wray (Mad Men).
All of the spinoffs are probably going to be released after the conclusion of Game of Thrones in 2019.