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‘Game Of Thrones’ Writers & Showrunners Sign On For New Show With HBO


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If you haven’t heard or read by now, HBO confirmed that it is developing not one, not two, not three, but FOUR TO FIVE potential Game Of Thrones spin-offs. A couple of weeks before the premiere of the seventh season, the premium cable giant announced it tasked four writers with developing and pitching four different Game Of Thrones spinoffs series.

The four writers are Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island”), Jane Goldman (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”), Brian Helgeland (“Legend”), and Carly Wray (“Mad Men,” “The Leftovers”). Goldman and Wray will each be working individually with novelist and “Game of Thrones” creator George R. R. Martin.

Noticeably absent from that list are current Thrones producers, writers, and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. When the spin-offs were announced, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said that the Double D’s “hope to watch whatever spin-off they have purely as a fan, sitting at home, not overseas working on a production.”

But while they may be getting a clean break from the world of Game Of Thrones, it doesn’t mean they’ll be taking their talents elsewhere, as the duo have already pinned down their next project for HBO.

via Hollywood Reporter:

The award-winning duo will reteam with HBO for the drama series Confederate, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the Southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story follows a broad swath of characters on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarized Zone — freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, journalists, the executives of a slave-holding conglomerate and the families of people in their thrall.

Benioff and Weiss will write the project and serve as showrunners. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Justified, The Good Wife) and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) are also attached as writers. The four will executive produce with Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) and Bernadette Caulfield (Game of Thrones, Big Love). Production on Confederate will begin after the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, which is expected to air in either 2018 or 2019.

Still very early in the process, Benioff and Weiss still need to conclude production of Game Of Thrones, whose eighth and final season is rumored to not be airing until 2019.

Regardless of when it comes out, HBO has an ace in the hole with the Double D’s, as the follow-up project from the creators of the greatest show of all-time will surely be highly anticipated.

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