HBO has officially order a pilot for prequel series to pop culture giant Game of Thrones, to be written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman, The Woman in Black).
Since its debut in 2011, the bloody fantasy tale of the fight to rule has been the network’s biggest ratings draw, and eager to keep making money off this worldwide hit, the network has been busy developing no less than five potential Game of Thrones spinoffs over the past year with writers like Goldman, Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island), Carly Wray (Westworld), Brian Helgeland (Legend) and series veteran Brian Cogman.
Now, the network has given the green-light to Goldman’s pilot script. The writer will serve as the prequel’s showrunner (if it is ordered to series, which is probably a given) and executive producer alongside creator George R.R. Martin. Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman will also play the role of executive producers, with Martin and Goldman developing the story.
As well as confirming the creative team, HBO has released a synopsis for the prequel series:
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of GAME OF THRONES, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”
When (not if) the series is picked up, we could be seeing it air as early as 2020, as president of programming for HBO, Casey Bloys has confirmed that the network won’t launch a Game of Thrones spinoff until at least a year after the original series has ended – when the grave they’re jumping into isn’t quite so warm.