The end may be nigh for Game of Thrones with its seventh drawing things to a close in the next couple of months leaving the path open for the eighth and final series, however, fans of the massively acclaimed serious do not fret the future of the franchise could still be very much alive.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that five different writers have been lined up to work on four different follow-up projects, in what form, either sequel or spin-off, is anyone’s guess at this stage. Creator George R.R. Martin will be joined by the pens of Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Carly Wray to come up with a number of stories that explore different time periods of Martin’s sprawling world of Westeros.
HBO programming president Casey Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter in September that he would love to find a way to see the franchise continue. “There are so many properties and areas to go to,” he said. “For us, it’s about finding the right take with the right writer.”
With no timeframe laid out on the table of when we might expect to see the new timelines unfolding, the veteran writers are being given space to put their exceptional creative minds to work on avenues that are worthy of HBO’s most successful and profitable series to date.
The credentials of the four new writers make up a pretty impressive CV, Borenstein penned the screenplay for this year’s Kong: Skull Island whilst Goldman is responsible for Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past as well as Kingsman: The Secret Service and this year’s highly anticipated Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Helgeland is an Oscar winner for his screenplay of L.A. Confidential and also penned Tom Hardy’s double outing as The Kray twins in Legend, whilst Wray is a TV veteran with her notable time on Mad Men.
There may be a lot of stress on these new writers to create projects that are not only big money spinners for the Network but also need they will also feel the heat in keeping the loyal army of fans happy.