HBO is already in the works of four Game Of Thrones spinoffs which were revealed last week, and now George RR Martin has revealed they are working on the fifth as well. While the authors of the four scripts – Carly Wray, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland and Max Borenstein were revealed, the fifth author will not be revealed until the deal is closed.
The author of A Song of Fire and Ice book series wrote, “We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed.”
They will work on the different perspectives of Martin’s fantasy world, which would be the prequels to the Game of Thrones. Martin declined to reveal the name of the fifth author, but said it is a male, “a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer” and that with few exceptions, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
Martin is not comfortable by saying ‘spinoff’ as he thinks it will not apply to the new scripts. “What we’re talking about are new stories set in the “secondary universe” (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A Song of Ice and Fire,” he wrote. He wants to call the so-called spinoffs as prequels that could be the apt term to call with.
He ditched the idea of making a series based on his Dunk & Egg or Robert’s Rebellion either. He said that only publish three novellas of Dunk & Egg till date, with around a bunch of novellas to come up in the future. He doesn’t want to end up like Game Of Thrones as the TV series goes ahead of his writings. “We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with GAME OF THRONES itself, where the show gets ahead of the books. When the day comes that I’ve finished telling all my tales of Dunk & Egg, then we’ll do a tv show about them… but that day is still a long ways off,” he wrote.
The new series will be mostly prequels that happen in his world he created for his books, and some will have different dimensions with no connection to Westeros, so it’s highly unlikely that characters in the show will have any role in the future projects. “So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie,” he wrote, “are doomed to disappointment.”