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HBO announces pilot for Game of Thrones spin-off series

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

HBO has officially announced a prequel series to Game of Thrones – one of five potential spin-offs in various stages of development.

Book author George RR Martin has created the new series alongside British screenwriter Jane Goldman (wife of Jonathan Ross).

A pilot episode for the show has now been ordered by HBO which will be set thousands of years before the battles over the Iron Throne.

If picked up, the subsequent prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour”.

The HBO statement continued: “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.”

No further plot details were revealed. But executives say any spin-off will not be broadcast until after Game of Thrones‘ final season in 2019.

Goldman, who wrote the screenplays for Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman films, will serve as a showrunner for the as-yet-unnamed show.

She is one of several acclaimed screenwriters who were entrusted by HBO to create potential spin-offs. Other names include Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray and Bryan Cogman.

Game of Thrones remains HBO’s most popular series to date. It has won multiple Emmy awards and drawn tens of millions of viewers worldwide.