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HBO chief confirms interest in Game of Thrones spinoff: ‘It’s about finding the right take’

October 5th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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We may only have two shortened seasons left before saying goodbye to Game of Thrones, but that doesn’t spell the end for HBO adapting George RR Martin’s writing.

Rumours of a Game of Thrones spinoff have been rife for several months now and, while we’re quite a bit away from receiving any concrete news, HBO programming president Casey Bloys has offered a nudge in the right direction.

“In a perfect world, Game of Thrones would keep going and we wouldn’t have to deal with any of this,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter.

“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.”

“There are things that sound interesting, but at this point, we have no writers assigned or anything like that.”

So, HBO may not be actively developing a spinoff, but they have certainly discussed ideas by the sound of it. For now, HBO is focused on constructing a fitting conclusion to Game of Thrones before it branches out into other areas of Martin’s work.

The author however, seems very keen indeed to see some of his other stories adapted, previously saying: “I do have thousands of pages of fake history of everything that led up to Game of Thrones. There’s a wealth of material there, and I’m still writing more, but at the moment, we still have this show to finish, and I still have two books to finish. So, that’s all speculation.”

As for Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, they have already confirmed that they would play no part in a spinoff. “I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros, but for us this is it,” they said recently.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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