HBO has officially ordered a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel series. Yep, prepare for a spinoff that goes back, waaay back. Written by Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class screenwriter Jane Goldman, who created the story alongside author George R.R. Martin, the prequel project is to be set thousands of years before the action we’ve seen unfolding on GoT.
According to the official logline:
“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.”
This still-untitled prequel series will have Goldman on board showrunner and executive producer. Martin is also attached as executive producer, alongside Vince Gerardis and Bloodline co-creator/exec producer Daniel Zelman.
HBO also has four other potential spinoffs in development, hiring screenwriters Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray and Bryan Cogman to craft scripts for offshoots. Deadline‘s sources claim that it’s possible HBO could be ordering more than this project, but “there is no rush or pressure to do so.”
No rush indeed. HBO has already stated that a new GoT series wouldn’t arrive until at least 2020, allowing the final season to breath on its own for some time after airing. Besides, HBO has a number of other high-profile shows attracting eyes, including Westworld (currently on season 2, with season 3 confirmed), Big Little Lies season 2 on the way, J.J. Abrams exec produced sci-fi series Demimonde ordered, and the soon-to-be-airing Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams. And that’s to name but a few.