Deadline is reporting some huge news for fans of HBO and Game of Thrones. A Song of Ice and Fire author and Thrones co-executive producer George R. R. Martin has signed a two-year development deal with HBO.
EXCLUSIVE: George R.R. Martin, on whose fantasy book series HBO‘s hit drama Game Of Thrones is based, has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay cable network. Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. Attached to Martin’s upcoming HBO development is his long-time representative, manager Vince Gerardis. In addition to co-executive producing Game Of Thrones, Martin has written multiple episodes of the fantasy series. His TV writing credits also include The Twilight Zone and the original Beauty And The Beast. He is with WME.
Winter Is Coming: Woah. I did not see this coming. So what does this mean for Game of Thrones? Probably not much, GRRM will still write his one episode per season and David & Dan will continue to run the show. What it does mean is that Martin also has the opportunity to pitch his own shows to HBO. Will it be original shows or shows based on Martin’s other novels? That’s unknown right now.
Vince Gerardis has mentioned a few times they’ve talked about doing a Dunk & Egg series. Might GRRM and HBO be looking to develop a mini-series or movies based on those short stories set in Westeros approximately 90 years prior to the events of Thrones? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, this is yet another project Martin has added to his already crowded plate, with the next Ice and Fire novel being the most anticipated of those. There is more to come on this story, I’m sure. Expect word from the man himself soon.