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Report: Jon Snow spinoff show in development. We're a little over two months away from the debut of House of the Dragon, the first successor show to Game of Thrones. But now we're getting word of another potential show in the Westeroverse -- the seventh such project believed to be in development -- and this one's a doozy: a true spinoff to Game of Thrones starring none other than Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

The Hollywood Reporter broke this news earlier tonight, though there are few details beyond its alleged existence at the moment, and there's no confirmation about it from either HBO or Harington. But the implications are huge. If such a show were to move forward, it would be the first true spinoff to Game of Thrones; all other known projects are prequels. And, as THR points out, the most significant implication here could be that "the project would upend Thrones' final season as the last word on the fates of the surviving characters."

We'll post any updates we get about this. But for now, let us know what you all think of this latest development.


External Link GRRM gives progress update on TWOW, HBO spinoffs. George R. R. Martin has given us his first progress update in what seems like a long while. First thing's first:

Yes, of course I am still working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. I have stated that a hundred times in a hundred venues, having to restate it endlessly is just wearisome. I made a lot of progress on WINDS in 2020, and less in 2021... but "less" is not "none."

Obviously it's disappointing to hear that progress on TWOW was slower in 2021 than 2020 and more so that there are no indications that the sixth book in the series will be coming any time soon. GRRM adds that he's also worked on the second volume of the Fire & Blood history book (which he might call "Blood & Fire"); an illustrated version of the first volume; and a previously unannounced "Who's Who in Westeros" book.

GRRM has much more to say about the state of the Game of Thrones spinoffs, on the other hand. House of the Dragon has wrapped filming and will be the first show that we get eyes on. He confirms that plenty of other shows remain in development for HBO Max and that he is working alongside various writers on every one. Bruno Heller is currently writing the pilot about Corlys Velaryon, tentatively called "The Sea Snake." Amanda Segel has delivered a few drafts of "Ten Thousand Ships," which focuses on the legendary Nymeria. Steve Conrad is helming a potential Dunk & Egg show, which might be called "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" or "The Hedge Knight." And there's at least one animated project in the works, too. The first one will be about Yi Ti, under the working title "The Golden Empire," and things there are moving very fast.

Read the whole blog post for all the details on every project GRRM seems to be working on, in and outside of Westeros.


External Link 9 Voyages, 10,000 Ships, and 1 Flea Bottom. We've got some new spinoff announcements, courtesy of Deadline:

HBO is developing a trio of ideas for new projects set within George R.R. Martin's fictional world. They include 9 Voyages aka Sea Snake, Flea Bottom and 10,000 Ships. Of the three, the Sea Snake project appears to more fully formed, with a creative team on board to develop it including Bruno Heller, while the other two are believed to be ideas that are being explored with no writers attached yet. HBO declined comment.


External Link Potential animated spinoff in early development. Once again, we've got news about another potential Game of Thrones spinoff, but this time it's in animated form. According to the Hollywood Reporter:

An animated Game of Thrones drama is in the early stages of development at HBO Max, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Meetings with writers for the adult-leaning project, which would be similar in tone to HBO's Emmy-winning flagship, are already under way. No deals have been made and there's still a possibility that the animated series never comes to fruition.

So that makes two shows reportedly in early development, plus House of the Dragon, which is considerably further along; it goes into production this spring and should be ready to air in 2022. The article goes on to say that plans to expand the Game of Thrones universe existed "long before" Disney announced its massive television slate. It's true that HBO had as many as five spinoffs under consideration during Game of Thrones' final season, but I don't think it's a coincidence that HBO is just now mentioning the projects that are in early development (not to mention rumors about a new Harry Potter show, too). Disney flexed and HBO had to respond.

What could this animated show be about? Unlike the proposed Dunk and Egg spinoff, we have very little to go on. Perhaps this is a way to repurpose some of the ideas from the abandoned Long Night show, with animation being a more cost-effective way to tell that story. Perhaps we could get an animated retelling of Aegon the Conqueror, since House of the Dragon seems to be focusing on a later period of Targaryen history. What are your thoughts on a potential animated show? Do you think there are even more Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works?

Update: Via Tweet, HBO Max confirms not only the Dunk and Egg and animated shows, but a previously unreported Robert's Rebellion prequel is also in development:

Game of Thrones projects currently under development for HBO/HBOMax:

>House of the Dragon prequel
>Robert's Rebellion Prequel
>Tales of Dunk and Egg Prequel
>An "adult-leaning" animated drama


External Link Potential Dunk and Egg show in early development. Yesterday saw a bit of surprising news on the spinoff front: HBO is reportedly developing a new show based on the Dunk and Egg tales. As you all know, George R. R. Martin has written three short novels about a hedge knight and his young squire as they travel about Westeros, some ninety years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire. If you didn't know that already, well, then you should read them. They're good and now conveniently packaged as one book: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms.

Variety broke the news of the potential prequel, which is clearly in as "early development" as a TV show could possibly get:

No writer or talent is currently attached to the project, but sources say it is a high priority for HBO as the premium cabler looks to build on the success of "Game of Thrones."

This move seems like it's all about the streaming wars. House of the Dragon remains on track to debut in 2022, but that's no longer enough to compete with all the Star Wars and Marvel shows set to drop in the near future. HBO is betting that Dunk and Egg can add quality and quantity to its HBO Max lineup (we'll discuss whether or not it can on another day), and I would bet that this is just the first move into fully making Game of Thrones a franchise.


House of the Dragon. Within hours of learning about the doomed prequel "The Long Night" (or "Bloodmoon," as I was reminded it was sometimes also called), HBO has announced that Game of Thrones is getting a successor show after all:

#HouseOfTheDragon, a #GameofThrones prequel is coming to @HBO.

The series is co-created by @GRRMSpeaking and Ryan Condal. Miguel Sapochnik will partner with Condal as showrunner and will direct the pilot and additional episodes. Condal will be writing the series.

The Ryan Condal/Miguael Sapochnik project has already managed two things that the Jane Goldman project long struggled with: 1) it's got an official title -- House of the Dragon, and 2) it's earned a full series order, not just a pilot episode. About a month ago, George R. R. Martin hinted that another prequel show was moving forward, though at the time the pilot episode had not yet been greenlit by HBO. Apparently HBO is now satisfied enough with the concept (originally pitched by Game of Thrones vet Bryan Cogman) and the current pedigree (Condal was previously the showrunner of the USA show Colony and Sapochnik arguably one of Game of Thrones' best directors) to order ten episodes straight away.

According to Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd, the events of House of the Dragon "will eventually lead up to The Dance of the Dragons, a massive civil war in the Seven Kingdoms held between two rival branches of House Targaryen." There is plenty of established canon to adapt here; you can read GRRM's Fire & Blood for an in-depth history of House Targaryen. With this new show, we're likely to get a more personal view of the era, as opposed to the dry accounts from maesters who took a broader look at the history in the book.

But perhaps the best and most exciting thing about the new show is the thing that made "The Princess and the Queen" so memorable when GRRM first published details about the Dance of the Dragons: we're going to see legitimate, full scale dragon-on-dragon battles, the likes of which the books and Game of Thrones only hinted at. Fire will reign.


The End of the Long Night. If there's a future for more TV shows in the Game of Thrones universe, it won't be one set in the distant past during the Age of Heroes, unofficially known as "The Long Night." Deadline reports (and Variety confirms) that the high-profile project from Jane Goldman starring Naomi Watts is now dead. HBO greenlit a pilot episode for the prequel back in June 2018, but production and post-production of the pilot has since run into a few problems, and HBO must have decided that the show wasn't worth pursuing any longer.

Some key notes from Deadline's reporting:

Showrunner Goldman has been emailing the cast and crew of the project to tell them that the pilot is dead, we hear. The development has not been confirmed by HBO.

Word of the Watts-led pilot, penned by Goldman and directed by S.J. Clarkson, not going forward comes after a lengthy post-production, which included re-editing of the initial cut after it was not well received, and rumors about issues during filming in Northern Ireland.

While this is certainly a setback for fans hoping for more from the world of Westeros, HBO is still kicking around a few ideas for spinoffs, including another potential show from George R. R. Martin and Ryan Condal about the glory days of House Targaryen.

Coincidentally, we recently learned that Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have dropped out of their Star Wars trilogy. This appears to be the week that Game of Thrones producers, past and present, quietly announce the death of highly scrutinized projects.


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