We’ve had a lot of fun watching Game of Thrones molt from a must-watch Sunday show, to a punchline, and into a franchise with a comically large amount of planned spinoffs. Now, word comes that three more programs based on the series are in works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pennyworth‘s Bruno Heller is developing 9 Voyages. The project centers on Lord Corlys Velaryon, a character set to appear in HBO’s upcoming House of the Dragon. There, he will be played by Steve Toussaint, but it is unclear if 9 Voyages is a direct spinoff or if the actor will star in the proposed series.
Oh, but that’s not all. The legendary Princess Nymeria will be the focus of 10,000 Ships. Set 1,000 years before Game of Thrones, it will also feature the kingdom of Dorne and Nymeria’s role in founding that realm.
A third program, curiously without a title or creative at the helm, will be set in Flea Bottom, the King’s Landing slum where life is cheap and bastards of noble linage abound.
These projects are in addition to House of the Dragon, a series based on George R.R. Martin‘s Dunk and Egg novellas, and an animated project — to say nothing of a previous round of projects HBO abandoned in favor of House of the Dragon. To some, the cable channel’s insistence on mining Westeros and Essos for more story is absurd; Game of Thrones finale burned away a lot of fan goodwill. But maybe that’s the reason for casting the net so wide? Something is sure to stick, right?
We’ll be honest, the concepts we were most interested in are the Dance of Dragons — which will be dramatized in House of the Dragon — and the first Long Night, which was the focus of a pilot HBO commissioned a few years back featuring Naomi Watts. So maybe continuing to develop projects is a good idea. It may even rekindle the widespread fascination with the Seven Kingdoms.