George R.R. Martin weighed in on HBO greenlighting a Game of Thrones prequel pilot, giving some thoughts on the project, what its title should be and how the pilot order will impact — or in this case won’t impact — his work on the long-awaited The Winds of Winter.
Writing on his website, the Game of Thrones author praised prequel showrunner Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) and noted she’s firmly running point on the untitled pilot, so it’s not taking time away from his next novel. Fans have been waiting seven years since the publication of the last entry in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga. “I’ve consulted with all of the writers on all of the successor shows, and several of them have visited me in Santa Fe for long days of discussion, and we’ve gone back and forth in email, text, and telephone, so I have definitely been involved,” Martin wrote. “But really, the accolades here should go to Jane … And yes, before you ask, work on Winds of Winter continues, and remains my top priority. It is ridiculous to think otherwise. If I wasn’t busy with Winds, don’t you think I’d be scripting one or more of these pilots myself? It’s not as if I’ve never written for TV…”
Martin also revealed one of the other four HBO prequel ideas in development has been rejected, but the other three remain in active development and could also eventually get a pilot order (we hear Kong: Skull Island writer Max Borenstein’s script is particularly good). “Three more Game of Thrones prequels, set in different periods and featuring different characters and storylines, remain in active development,” he wrote. “Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come.”
The Goldman project (here’s everything we know about it) remains untitled. We suggested Game of Thrones: Age of Heroes, but Martin is partial to a title that’s a bit more foreboding. “My vote would be The Long Night, which says it all, but I’d be surprised if that’s where we end up. More likely HBO will want to work the phrase “game of thrones” in there somewhere.”
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