George RR Martin details fifth ‘Game Of Thrones’ prequel idea

HBO is also considering four other ideas

A fifth Game of Thrones prequel has been confirmed to be in the works, with George RR Martin detailing the plans.

It had already been announced that four ideas for a successor show to the hit HBO series were in development, with another now added to the drawing board.

GoT writer and producer Bryan Cogman will helm this latest project, with Entertainment Weekly first reporting last week that Cogman will work closely with Thrones author George RR Martin on the concept.

Martin had previously hinted at Cogman’s prequel in a blog post in May, writing at the time: “We had four scripts in development when I arrived in L.A. last week, but by the time I left we had five.” Now he has posted another blog about this latest news.

“Bryan Cogman should need no introduction for any Game Of Thrones fan,” the author writes. “He’s been part of the show since the beginning… since before the beginning, actually, since he was first hired as assistant to David Benioff and D.B Weiss way before the series got on the air, before even the pilot had been filmed. From those humble beginnings, he advanced to staff writer, to story editor, to co-producer and producer and supervising producer.”

“Less formally, he has also been GoT‘s ‘Keeper of the Lore’, the guy who knew the canon better than anyone (except me, though sometimes I am not even sure of that). He’s written more episodes of Game Of Thrones than anyone but Dan & David… including some of our very best ones. If D&D have been the Kings of Westeros for these past seven seasons, Bryan Cogman has surely been the Prince of Dragonstone.”

Martin continued: “I’d love to tell you more about the series Bryan will be working on… but we haven’t done that for the other four successor shows, so we shouldn’t for this one either. All in good time. I can say that, like the other pilots, it will be a prequel rather than sequel, a successor rather than a spinoff. Bryan’s series will be an adaptation, and one that will thrill most fans of the books, I think, set during a very exciting period of Westerosi history. And I’ll be working with him every step of the way; we’re going to be co-creating the show.”

In June, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said that the network would consider all the ideas but none are guaranteed to come to fruition. Martin added: “HBO should have a wealth of material to choose from. (And that’s not even counting the four weird-ass series concepts I’ve come up on my own, just for the hell of it. There are eight million stories in the naked city, and maybe ten times as many in Westeros and the lands beyond the narrow seas).  You should not expect to see all five shows, though, at least not immediately.. much as I might love the idea, HBO is not about to become the Game Of Thrones network… but we could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020… and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope. Then again, maybe… but I should not speculate, you folks get WAY too excited. Truth is, no one knows. Least of all me.”

“For now, suffice it to say that Bryan Cogman has signed on, and we’re thrilled,” Martin signed off.

Martin himself is involved with two of the other projects, working alongside Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s TaleL.A. Confidential) on one and Carly Wray (Mad Men) on another. The two other ideas are being ideas developed by Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) and Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret ServiceX-Men: First Class).

A Game Of Thrones prequel would air in 2019 at the earliest, with the original show itself coming to an end in 2018, and Martin has ruled out that any of the storylines would include Robert’s Rebellion or the Dunk & Egg tales.

Meanwhile, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke have ruled themselves out of appearing in any of the five prequels, while Gwendoline Christie has said she would consider appearing in a Game Of Thrones spin-off.

Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, has said she sees potential for “so many storylines” showing more sides to her character than fans get to see in the original HBO series. “I’d always consider [returning] for that particular character,” she told Newsweek. “Because that character is very dear to me.”