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HBO's Francesca Orsi teases 'going big' on Game of Thrones spin-offs

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Story by Jack Foley

FRANCESCA Orsi, senior vice-president of drama at HBO, has been talking a little bit more about what to expect from the Game of Thrones spin-offs – and it’s going to be big!

Speaking at a panel titled “The Best of HBO” at the INTV conference in Israel on Tuesday, Orsi said that the network has budgeted the spin-offs somewhere close to the level of the original series – but above the budgetthe show had in its first few seasons.

“$50 million (per season) would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big,” she said.

She said that to try and cut costs [or corners] in bringing the spin-offs the same level of critical and fan adulation as Game of Thrones itself would be unwise. Rather, it “feels like corporate malfeasance to not continue it”.

Hence, Orsi also confirmed that the network is planning “three, four, five spinoffs” of the original series.

Needless to say, no details have been unveiled concerning which characters and what time frames the spin-offs will handle.

What is known is that, last year, HBO teamed with Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass/Kingsman), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and Carly Wray (The Leftovers) to develop separate spin-off series based on the fantasy world created by writer George R.R. Martin.

And speaking of Game of Thrones itself, Orsi predicted that the keenly-anticipated final season will not disappoint.

She referred to a table read of the last few episodes with the show’s cast which she described as “a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers”.

She added: “None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started to fall down to their deaths. By the end, the last few words on the final script, the tears just started falling down. Then there was applause that lasted 15 minutes.”