In a new interview with The Guardian, Martin said that as well as working with HBO on the five different Game of Thrones prequels, he is developing “a couple of other shows for HBO” adding that he “can’t talk about them yet.” Martin is additionally working as an executive producer on Who Fears Death and the superhero series Wild Cards.
Speaking about all the varying projects, Martin said: “It’s all fun, but there are days when I feel a little dizzy. It’s a good problem to have.”
The writer also revealed that when he began writing Game of Thrones, he thought it was going to be a short story. “When I began, I didn’t know what the hell I had. I thought it might be a short story; it was just this chapter, where they find these direwolf pups. Then I started exploring these families and the world started coming alive..it was all there in my head, I couldn’t not write it. So it wasn’t an entirely rational decision, but writers aren’t entirely rational creatures.”
In the interview, Martin also spoke about the conclusion to the Game of Thrones novel – The Winds of Winter – which fans have been eagerly anticipating for a long time, admitting that he has “been struggling with it for a few years.”
He added: “The Winds of Winter is not so much a novel as a dozen novels, each with a different protagonist, each having a different cast of supporting players and antagonists and allies and lovers around them, and all of these weaving together in an extremely complex fashion. So it’s very, very challenging. Fire and Blood by contrast was very simple. Not that it’s easy, it still took me years to put together, but it is easier.”
Last year, Martin said that he hadn’t watched any of Season 7 of Game of Thrones because he had been too busy writing. He also said that the books and the television show will eventually go “their separate ways” as the books take a new direction from that of the television show.
Recently, Martin also revealed the title of the Game of Thrones prequel as The Long Night. Filming of the project will start next year and will star Naomi Watts.
Whilst details about the project are scarce, it has been confirmed that the prequel will take place “thousands of years” before the events in Game Of Thrones. It has been described as documenting “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.”