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HBO exploring four potential Game of Thrones spin-off ideas

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

HBO has reportedly teamed up with four writers, as well as creator George R.R. Martin, to develop four different potential follow-up series to its landmark series, Game of Thrones.

The move comes as the show prepares to premiere its seventh and penultimate series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, each of the four projects will explore different time periods of Martin’s sprawling world of Westeros.

As yet, it is unclear where any of the four fall in the show’s universe, which leaves the way open for potential prequels featuring beloved characters in earlier form, sequels or spin-offs.

Max Borenstein is in charge of one of the ideas, while Jane Goldman and Martin are exploring another.

Brian Helgeland is another chosen writer, while Carly Wray is also working with Martin.

Of the four, Goldman is one of the hottest properties, following her success in penning the screenplay for Neil Gaiman’s Stardust as well as adapting comic favourite Kick-Ass. She has also been key to the scripts of X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kingsman: The Secret Service and its forthcoming sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Helgeland is an Oscar winner for his adapted screenplay for LA Confidential and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for adapting Mystic River. He also wrote and directed Jackie Robinson biopic 42 as well as Tom Hardy Krays tale Legend.

Borenstein’s credits include writing the screenplay for Kong: Skull Island and 2014’s Godzilla, which are hoping to merge into one monster franchise. The next two films are already being lined up in that franchise, with Borenstein actively involved in both Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2020). On TV, he was the show-runner and creator of Fox’s short-lived Minority Report reboot.

Wray, on the other hand, has extensive TV credits to her name, and can count Mad Men, The Bastard Executioner and HBO’s The Leftovers among her credits.

Intriguingly, none of the four writers have any current ties to the drama and Game of Thrones current show-runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are not currently attached to write on any of the four efforts.

However, both are expected to serve as executive producers on any or all of the four takes that move forward, with Martin serving in the same capacity.

The seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to make its debut on July 16 [US].

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