Despite all of HBO’s initial ideas for a Game of Thrones spinoff proving unsuccessful, the premium cable outlet is still trying to squeeze coin out of Westeros.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO is looking to develop an animated series based on the fantasy series and, of course, the world created by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. Currently, there is no premise. Instead, various writers are taking meetings to offer their pitch for what is being described as an “adult-leaning project” with a similar tone to GoT. The potential program joins the upcoming House of the Dragon and the in-development Tales of Dunk and Egg as HBO’s new strategy to the keep the Thrones brand alive.
In the year or so prior to the divisive GoT finale, HBO held an informal competition between four or five pitches to take the place of the Iron Throne on the network’s schedule. A series Martin referred to as The Long Night, devised by the author and Kick-Ass screenwriter Jane Goldman, appeared to win the tourney by going to a pilot phase. Taking place thousands of years prior to GoT, it set out to tell the tale of the first Long Night and the origin of the Night King. After the pilot was completed, HBO decided to go in a different direction, opting not to pick up The Long Night and commissioning House of the Dragon instead.
It is unclear if House of the Dragon, Dunk and Egg, and the animated spinoff will all run concurrently or, like Paramount+’s plan for Star Trek, the objective is to always have a new episode of some Westerosi adventure airing year round. Nevertheless, as THR points out, HBO is still betting on Martin’s worldbuilding to keep viewers glued to their screens.
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