George RR Martin is founding a new realm of content on HBO.
The game of Thrones The author has just signed a massive blanket agreement to develop more programming for the network and its streaming service, HBO Max.
Sources say Martin’s contract is for five years and is worth eight figures.
The news comes immediately after a wave of game of Thrones prequels in development. In total, the network has five projects based on Martin’s A song of ice and fire fantasy world in development stage and one (Dragon House) that has received the green light for the series.
The four-time Emmy winner is also developing the series for HBO. That fears death (an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s 2011 award-winning post-apocalyptic novel) and Road marks (an adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s 1979 fantasy novel), of which he will executive produce.
Martin first struck a deal to license his novels A Song of Ice and Fire to HBO in 2007, a journey that would lead him to HBO’s biggest and most award-winning series of all time. Martin is represented by WME, Christine Cuddy, and Vince Gerardis.
Martin also has some projects beyond HBO. There are Wildcards, based on a series of anthology novels written by Martin, and others, which is in the works at Peacock. There are In the lost lands, a feature film in development based on Martin’s fantasy adventure tales, starring Paul WS Anderson and Milla Jovovich and Dave Bautista starring. And there’s Meow Wolf, Martin’s experiential immersive entertainment company, which now has two mind-blowing attractions: the acclaimed House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the recently opened Omega Mart in Las Vegas. A third, Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscope, is a dark ride advertised for the Elitch Gardens theme park in Denver, Colorado.
Also, of course, Martin has his ASOIAF novels, with his long-awaited sixth book in the saga, The winter winds, currently in writing.
Below are all the Thrones Television projects in progress. Martin is working closely with the writers and is an executive producer on each.
Dragon House: Set 300 years before the events in It has, Dragon House tells the story of House Targaryen when Daenerys’ ancestors ruled Westeros. Events on the show will eventually lead to the famous Dance of the Dragons (the Targaryen civil war). The series stars Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine and Matt Smith (here’s the character each actor plays) and is co-showrunners Ryan Condal (Cologne) and Miguel Sapochnik (who directed some of the best episodes of It has, including “Battle of the Bastards”). Like all It has prequels in the works, the project is produced by Martin. Dragon House will film in England (as opposed to It has, which was based in Northern Ireland) and production is expected to begin in April. The first season is 10 episodes long and is expected to air in 2022.
Nymeria project: This revolves around the warrior queen Nymeria, a revered ancestor of House Martell who founded the kingdom of Dorne (she became so legendary in the kingdom that two characters were named after her in the original series: Sand Snake Nymeria Sand and the wolf Arya’s direwolf). Its history unfolds approximately 1,000 years before the events in game of Thrones, making it much older in the Westeros timeline than any of the other previously announced projects in the works (HBO filmed a prequel pilot in 2019 set even further back during the Age of Heroes, but it never made it to the series) . The provisional title of the project is 10,000 ships, a reference to Nymeria ordering all her ships to be burned after bringing her army from Essos to Dorne so there would be no turning back (Martin, a history buff, was probably inspired here by the legend that Hernán Cortés burned his 600 ships after arriving in the New World in 1519).
The sea serpent: With a working title of 9 trips, This is from Rome creator Bruno Heller and follows Lord Corlys Velaryon, also known as The Sea Snake, the Lord of the Tides and head of House Velaryon. The sailor character also appears on the next green light. It has prequel Dragon House, where he is played by British actor Steve Toussaint. In Martin lore, Velaryon is the husband of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (played by Eve Best in Dragon House). So this endeavor represents potential stemming from a character in a series that has yet to be filmed. Also, given Toussaint’s casting, The Sea Snake could represent the first It has project with a person of color as the main character.
Flea background: This project is set in the famous King’s Landing neighborhood of Flea Bottom, the maze of narrow streets in the capital city where characters like Davos Seaworth and Gendry Baratheon were born. One imagines that this has a bit of Peaky blinders-in-Westeros vibes; something that explores the lives of ordinary citizens and the criminal underworld instead of focusing on powerful lords and ladies.
Dunk and Egg Project: This is based on popular Martin novels (The hedgehog knight, The sworn sword, The Mysterious Knight) that follow the adventures of the wandering knight Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and his squire (Egg), who would later become King Aegon V Targaryen. The story takes place 90 years before the events of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Fun fact: Egg’s brother was Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) in It has and there’s a heartbreaking reference to the character when Aemon is on his deathbed in season 5 and says, in apparent delirium, “Egg, I dreamed I was old.”
Animated drama series: There are no details on the theme or style of this animated project yet, but an animated adventure offers a couple of narrative advantages: It could represent a great deal of spectacle beyond even It has standards, and / or could tell a story that spans a considerable period of time: much of the supplemental materials previously published by Martin are in encyclopedic form outlining thousands of years of Westeros history, a relaxed storytelling style that is very easier to portray on screen using animation, where producers could quickly introduce new characters and settings and then quickly move forward without having to choose actors or build sets.