Game of Thrones has become one of the most-watched TV shows of all time and propelled George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Ice and Fire series into super stardom. Though Game of Thrones is set to air its eighth and final series next year, it looks like our time in the beautiful but deadly land of Westeros isn’t over just yet.
HBO has officially announced that a spin-off show, called The Long Night, is currently in production and that it will star British actress Naomi Watts. On his official blog, Martin wrote that he “could not be more excited.”
Details are still being kept under wraps regarding the new show, but it has been confirmed that it will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones. It will apparently show the descent of mankind from the age of heroes that leads into Westeros’ darkest period of history known as ‘The Long Night‘. The show will uncover Westeros’ secrets, examine the origins of the White Walkers, and will uncover the history of the Starks.
As Variety reports, Jane Goldman co-created the project with George R.R. Martin. She will serve as showrunner and Martin is on board as the executive producer. The pilot is currently in the works and, if it’s successful, may well be on our screens within the next few years. The Long Night is one of five proposed spin-off shows that have been in development, though the nature of the other shows and what parts of Westeros’ history they’re about remain unclear. Time will tell what happens after Game of Thrones finishes, but it looks like HBO has no intention of leaving Westeros just yet.
Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.
Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stardust, The Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.
The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!
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The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!