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.
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Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.