George R. R. Martin has addressed the animated spinoffs planned for Game of Thrones.
On his personal blog, Martin shared a post on New Year’s Eve addressing the current state of television. He spoke about how much he enjoyed the Netlix series, Blue Eye Samurai, which has him “hungry for the second season.” From there, Martin commented on how he has multiple animated projects in the planning stages set in the world of his Song of Ice & Fire books. The author noted how they still have yet to be officially greenlit, and two of four planned spinoffs were passed on by HBO. With that noted, Martin is feeling optimistic about the other animated spinoffs getting the go-ahead to move forward in the near future.
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“As it happens, HBO and I have our own animated projects, set in the world of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE,” Martin explained. “None of them have been greenlit yet, but I think we are getting close to taking the next step with a couple of them. When this last round of development started a few years back, we had four ideas for animated shows, with some great talents attached. Writers rooms and summits, outline and scripts followed in due course… but, alas, two of the original projects were subsequently shelved. Work on the other two animated projects continues apace, however.”
Another Animated Spinoff Is In the Works
Martin hasn’t entirely given up on the “shelved” projects, pointing out how “nothing is ever dead for good in Hollywood.” The author teased that those stories may even be used for another medium, such as graphic novels. He also shared how the planned Nine Voyages series, which follows House of the Dragon‘s Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint), has been retooled to be animated instead of live-action, explaining why he supports the switch.
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“Meanwhile, we have moved NINE VOYAGES, our series about the legendary voyages of the Sea Snake, over from live-action to animation. A move I support fully,” Martin said. “Budgetary constraints would likely have made a live-action version prohibitively expensive, what with half the show taking place at sea, and the necessity of creating a different port every week, from Driftmark to Lys to the Basilisk Isles to Volantis to Qarth to… well, on and on and on. There’s a whole world out there. And we have a lot better chance of showing it all with animation. So we now have three animated projects underway.”
The author reiterated that “nothing is certain” about these shows making it to air. It’s worth noting that there was another live-action spinoff that went so far as to have a pilot filmed before it was scrapped, so that may have Martin feeling more cautious when it comes to new spinoffs. House of the Dragon finding its own success could end up helping with some or all of the other planned spinoffs, which also includes a Game of Thrones sequel series about Jon Snow, seeing the light of day.
Game of Thrones is streaming on Max, as is House of the Dragon. The second season of House of the Dragon will premiere in 2024.
Source: George R. R. Martin
Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for a millennia.
- Release Date
- April 17, 2011
- David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
- Production Company
- Home Box Office (HBO), Television 360Grok! Studio
- Number of Episodes
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